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  • Dog got baby bunny help

    Was outside when my 4 yr old son said Ruger (dog) has something. It was a baby bunny. I took it from him. Bunny is alive, do not know where nest is. Son wants to keep. I just want to make sure I can help it and turn t back loose. Any ideas??

  • #2
    You need to find a wildlife rehabber. Very rarely do they survive even if uninjured but the rehabber can at least give it a fair shot.
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    • Original Poster

      Not gonna happen

      Yea that's not gonna happen. Flame me if you want but we have tons of rabbits around here. I told my son it would probably die. If it lives just wanted to know how I could help it.


      • #4
        You can't make a phone call? Why bother posting about it then? Probably took more time to type that out then it would to search for the number. They might even pick it up so you wouldn't be bothered.
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        • #5
          They do usually die. I couldn't sleep at night if I hadn't given it the best chance I could though, so I'm on the 'call a rehabber' bandwagon. They'll likely have other babies that it can be with.
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          • #6
            If you aren't going to call a rehabber the best thing you can do is put it back outside and leave it alone. Human contact is only going to make it worse.
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            • #7
              Here's some information that may help you: http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/orphan.html


              • Original Poster

                Now there rare two

                You can't make a phone call? Why bother posting about it then? Probably took more time to type that out then it would to search for the number. They might even pick it up so you wouldn't be bothered.

                Sorry this just hit me wrong. In my area I don't even know who to call. Now there is another one from the other dog. They are together. I want to turn them loose. But don't want the dogs to get them again.

                Yea I know you will say pen the dogs up, but they keep the varmits out of my garden.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                  You need to find a wildlife rehabber. Very rarely do they survive even if uninjured but the rehabber can at least give it a fair shot.
                  THIS, Bunny will probably die due to stress. When i worked at the wildlife center we lost more bunnies than anything..


                  • #10
                    Just Bunny Jingles & AO ~

                    No advice just JINGLES & AO for the bunny ~
                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                    • Original Poster

                      Nezzy Zuzu

                      Thanks guys I keep telling my son it would probably die. Now there is another one that the other dog got. (not smart bunnies). They are together. I thought I would let them rest and put them back out close to where I "think" the nest might be.


                      • #12
                        If you want to PM your address I will do the search for you.
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                        • #13
                          I raised Three of Four Bunnies that a dog found ~rehabbed and returned to the wild !

                          I did find a dog with four bunnies and rescued the bunnies ...

                          Flopsy ~ Mopsy ~ Twinkle And Peter ~

                          Peter passed away that same day .. but the three bunnies were fine and ate (Esbilac) or some mixture & grew and played ! * Feedings every four hours but I was in high school and it was exam time so I was up studying and the feedings did not cause any conflict.

                          I "housed " in a Girl Scout Cookie Box and hung the Bunny Box in my ventilated locker during the exam and feed them between exams .... they were fine ...

                          All too soon it was time to set them FREE ~~~ at the farm in the woods ~took two tries ... first time I simply could not bring myself to give them up ... but on the second try I set them FREE and cried and cried ...

                          I did ALL I could for them and pray they had good lives

                          Tearful now just thinking about my three wild bunnies ~ they were something special !
                          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                          • #14
                            If you're not going to call the rehabber, just break their necks and put them out of their misery. Odds are your dogs will just pick them up again.

                            I'm with the why did you bother posting if you're not going to do the right thing crowd.


                            • #15
                              There isn't any rabbit rehabs around here, so I did the best I could with the bigger bunny my lab brought home 3 years ago. I kept it in a crate with some hay, dandelions etc. I had tried it before and lost the baby, it was just too little. The one I save did fine. I followed some instructions I found online, but the main thing was fluids. I did find that feeding lettuce for fluids worked great, and then the bunny ate grass and hay just fine. When he got to be about 8 ounces, I turned him loose. We saw him around for a long time and the dog learned not to retrieve bunnies. I think I kept him for about 3-4 weeks. He was 2 oz when my dog put him in my hands. I weighed him daily on my postage scale. And yes he was a he, I learned how to sex bunnies.

                              I say go ahead and try it, they won't make it if you put them back. Mom most likely abandoned them, but that is an option, too.


                              • #16
                                Please don't feed rabbits too much lettuce. It can give them the runs.
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                                • Original Poster

                                  Turned them loose

                                  Well sorry if I offended people for posting about this this, but I did put them back out under the the tree I think they came from.

                                  LauraKY I could have done that but was feeling a little soft today. Could have let the dogs kill them. Sooner or later they will get to my garden and die anyway if the dogs get them again. Thought they could at least have a little chance since there is plenty of other food out here to eat.

                                  We are very dry dry here in Ohio think maybe they where looking for water??

                                  Zu Zu
                                  That is what I call my one dog that I took in (Zu Zu)
                                  Thank you for the input. I am mostly a lurker here so do not know your story. But I think that is the most I have ever seen you post.
                                  Take Care.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                                    Please don't feed rabbits too much lettuce. It can give them the runs.
                                    Yes, but it is excellent for getting fluids into a rabbit that doesn't understand a water bottle.


                                    • #19
                                      Wow, do people really rehabilitate baby rabbits that their dogs find? Maybe it's not "the right thing" but honestly, who can possibly keep up with the number of wild animals our domesticated ones bring home? Usually my pets will kill them (cats being the most vicious), but the dogs do bring them back still alive, on occasion.

                                      While I realize it's not "internet discussion board friendly"...the reality is that wild animals die very often. If not by other wild animals, starvation, disease, or cars....occasionally the domesticated pets do kill them.

                                      I don't brag about it but I can't possibly rehab every wild critter that enters my yard. Nor do I want to, since the darn rabbits are decimating my garden! I hope that the presence of my dogs & cats will deter them from setting up shop in my yard....there are only about 200 acres adjacent to my yard they can choose....

                                      To the OP: you can only do your best. Maybe an injured bunny will survive if given the chance. Otherwise, a quick death isn't inhumane.


                                      • #20
                                        I don't really care what she did with them but she asked for help and I told her the easiest way to get him help. I didn't know she meant help throwing them back out in the yard.
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