Baby Bunnies (Eastern Cottontail Rabbit)
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Baby Bunnies--Are they really orphans?

So you found a nest of baby bunnies in your yard and there is no sign of Mother Bunny. Please, leave them where you found them! Mother cottontail rabbits do not stay with their nest during the day. She will often be watching from a safe distance but staying right on the nest attracts the attention of predators. Mother rabbit will feed and care for her babies around dusk and during the night.

Instead of moving the babies or trying to "rescue" them, check to see if they feel warm and wiggly. If they do, gently replace the nesting material (grass and fur, usually) as close as possible to the way the mother had it. Take 2 small twigs and form an X on top of the nest. Now go away, and check again in the morning. If the X has been disturbed, you know that Mother Rabbit has been caring for her young and you can safely leave things in her hands.

However, if the X has not been moved and the babies feel cold and are not moving much, they need help. In this case, place them in a box in a warm, dark place with a heating pad  on the lowest setting under half the box. Call a licensed rehabilitator and get the bunnies to him/her as soon as possible. Do NOT give them anything to eat or drink.
This bunny is about 10 days old. Note that his eyes are stilled closed.

These bunnies are almost ready for release.

This bunny is about 4 weeks old and ready for release even though he still looks very small.

Injured Bunnies--What should you do?
If you find an injured bunny, gently place it in a box with a heating pad, set on the lowest setting, under half the box. Place the box in a warm, dark place, away from children and pets. Call a wildlife rehabilitator for help. Wild cottontails are delicate and frighten easily. When frightened, they often die from the stress, so keep human contact to a bare minimum.

A special note regarding rabbits injured by cats: even if the injury appears to be slight, and the rabbit appears healthy enough to run away you need to enlist the help of a licensed rehabilitator. Cat saliva contains bacteria that quickly causes septicemia in small animals and the cat's sharp teeth act like tiny hypodermic needles to inject the bacteria. Without intervention, the animal will soon die from infection.

This bunny has a broken rear leg. After several weeks of care, he healed and was released