Last Post by tobyluv at 4/30/2018 4:19 AM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline taz
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4/29/2018 11:36 AM
I found a baby rabbit on my sidewalk before starting yard work this morning. As a new bunny owner, i am reeeeally wanting to keep it. I did a bit of research and it looks maybe 2 weeks old? And I read they are fed 2 times a day. I am willing and able to do this.
I'm curious, though, about what type of milk?

User is Offline Bucephalus
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4/29/2018 2:48 PM
RawGoats milk or kmr. But you should have left it. Chances are it was a wild rabbit and if thats the case tampering with them is highly illegal. If its wild it will guaraunteed die in your care. Take it to a wild life rehab.

User is Offline Asriel and Bombur
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4/29/2018 3:16 PM
If it is domestic or wild, goats milk will do just fine, however I do highly suggest a vet visit just to check on the general well being of the bunny, and to confirm age. If it is wild, you would need permission from certain authorities to keep it, but it would not die by you rehabilitating it. There have been several members who have successfully rehabilitated wild bunnies just fine. If it is domestic, then obviously you know what to do once it hits 8 weeks old. Either way, make sure the bun is kept completely separate from your bun at all times.

User is Offline tobyluv
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4/30/2018 4:19 AM
It would really be best if you contacted a wildlife rehab group in your area ASAP. It can be dangerous to even give water to wildlife, and many animals have died by being fed by people who found them. All the wildlife groups I know of stress that an orphaned or injured animal should be brought to them immediately, and not fed anything. They have the know how and supplies to feed and care for any animals in need. Besides the fact that is is usually illegal for people other than wildlife rehabbers to keep any wild animals.

It is also possible that this rabbit is old enough to be on its own, and does not need any intervention. They leave the nest around 4 weeks of age. The fact that you saw it on you sidewalk might mean that it has ventured from the nest and can take care of itself. If that is the case, the only thing you can do is to keep any dogs or cats out of the area, to give it more of a chance to survive. You could look for a nest and see if there is one with other babies and return it, but that sounds doubtful. Calling a wildlife rehabber would be good, to get some advice, and see if they think it needs help.