Hi there! I’m a #rabbit that was just recently fed... how can you tell?
Rehabbers frequently get calls about “orphaned” baby rabbits that people have found. They find a rabbit’s nest with no momma and panic! Remember- Eastern Cottontail rabbit babies are only fed twice a day by their moms- this is done so that predators aren’t attracted to her nest!
If you find a rabbits nest and are concerned that the babies are truly orphaned, there are many ways you can triple check before you intervene and kidnap baby rabbits (kits). 1. Place string or twigs over the nest in a distinct pattern (take a picture with your phone!)
- check to see if that pattern has been disturbed/moved out of the way! (Chances are momma has been back and you just didn’t see her if this is the case!) 2. Check their bellies. Because baby rabbits are only fed twice a day by their moms, if they’ve been fed by their moms, you can often tell because they eat a lot at each feeding! -if they’re small enough, you can actually see a “milk line” as in the picture (and that’s not even as full as they get!) 3. Contact a licensed wildlife rehabber if you’re still worried/concerned that they truly are orphaned, they can help guide you further, as each situation is different.
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