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21-06-2006, 01:03 PM
I heard a shrieking noise last night and checked outside to find 2 cats harassing a baby rabbit. I took him in and put him in a box with some water and carrots and called the spca but they told me to just let it go because it will die if put in the van to take to the rescue centre. I have some concerns about just letting it go since it's very small, about the size of a fist. It doesn't appear to be injured and it did munch on a bit of carrot so it looks like it's weaned. No visible injuries but it was very traumatised when I got to it. What do I do with it? It is a wild animal as I've seen the big brown rabbits occasionally sitting next to the road. Do I release it or is it too small to fend for itself? Any advice will be appreciated!
Can you release it near where you found it?
Since it made it through the night I'd say it had a good chance of surviving
21-06-2006, 02:18 PM
I'd say if it's made it through the night then it's obviously a fighter. It will feel happier if it's in an environment it knows so releasing it into the wild is probably the best solution. If you've been keeping it in a dark, quiet place then it will probably have calmed down enough after its attack.
21-06-2006, 02:25 PM
Is there no wildlife sanctuary near you? Personally I would not release it back into the wild whatever age it is. She cannot go back into the wild as she would have no protection at all without her family and a burrow to live in and escape to when in danger.
21-06-2006, 05:03 PM
It is probably best to let the bun go. If it was eating then it probably is weaned, meaning it has no use for its mother. Release it near where you found it. He will probably take off and stay clear of your house (and cats).
21-06-2006, 05:29 PM
Thanks for the replies. I think I'll release the critter tonight. Wish him/her good luck!
21-06-2006, 05:58 PM
Baby bunnies start eating solids well before they are fully weaned. My wild rabbit was picked up at around 2 weeks old and was eating solids without problems; and still she shouldn't have been away from mum yet...
If she gets put back in the wild just like this without knowing where her family and burrow is, she will be a fox's or owl's dinner probably within hours as she will have absolutely no protection and nowhere to go in an emergency.
21-06-2006, 07:40 PM
I'd be careful about releasing it, it now has your smell on it and will not be accepted by other rabbits even if it does find it's family.
22-06-2006, 03:40 PM
I think the spca just didn't want to know that's why they said let it go. I agree with others that the poor little thing won't stand a chance if you let it go. Is there no wildlife rescue nearby who would take it?
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