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Goofy Golden Retriever Raids Rabbit Nest

Goofy Golden Retriever Raids Rabbit Nest

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Sleeping Beauty
Yesterday on my way home from work I get a phone call from my 10 year old son to tell me that he had to pry our golden retriever's mouth open to save a baby bunny rabbit from being used as a chew toy.  When I got home the bunny was huddled in the corner of a shoe box with some lettuce, carrots and a bowl of water.  We looked all over the back yard and couldn't find a burrow or a mother rabbit. 

The tiny little thing is only a couple inches long and I didn't know if it was up to eating lettuce and carrots yet, so I went to the local Petsmart for a feeding bottle and some kitten formula (they didn't carry any bunny formula) and I spent the evening bottle feeding the baby rabbit.

This morning my husband let the dog outside again and she came back with another baby bunny in her mouth.  I guess he wasn't thinking to watch to see where she was getting poor little things from.  There's still no sign of a nest.  Now we have two baby wild rabbits.

They are the cutest little things.  Very sweet and cuddly once they got over being afraid.  Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?  We love animals, but I've never had rabbits before and certainly never wild rabbits.

DM
  • Do you have a nature center near you that can help. Rabbits aren't the easiest things to raise. You'll need to feed and stimulate them to urinate and pass stool every few hours. They are more hay eaters than carrots and lettuce, actually lettuce isn't very good for them.

    Call around and see if there are any vets in the area that treat pet rabbits, they might have feeding hand outs and things like that, it's what we do when people call us.

    Usually we tell people to leave them or return them, but since you don't have that option until you find the nest you might have to get creative.

    My lab mix (who I got 7 years ago today) used to bring me baby possums, yeah that was a treat.
    • I don't know about a nature center, but this evening we did find the nest with one other baby in it. No mother. Do you think it's safe to put them back?
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