What Should I Do About These Baby Bunnies?

Q

What should I do about a found baby bunny?

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It would be best to do nothing. Many well-meaning people “rescue” baby bunnies that don’t need rescuing.  Mommy bunnies are rarely ever seen. Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t around. They attend to the babies in the wee hours and do not return until the next day. Most baby bunnies don’t survive human rearing and should therefore be left to their mother for care.

How about a bird chick? It is not true that birds will reject their young after a person has touched them. If a young bird has been kicked from its nest accidentally, it should be accepted if you return it to the nest. The reason this myth persists is that many young birds are kicked from the nest by a mother that senses something wrong with the chick. Or they are kicked out by species such as cow birds that lay their eggs in another bird’s nest. If this is the case, they will be kicked out again for the same reason.

For further information you can contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources or Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (330)650-2929.