Spring = BABIES!
Here’s an important message from the Guelph Humane Society about all the new life that will popping up soon, since Sunday is the 1st day of SPRING!
“With Spring coming, adult wildlife are entering baby season!
One of the first types of babies we are expecting to see a lot of are Cottontail rabbits.
These animals are quite independent in nature.
Mother rabbits often leave their nest unattended through most of the day, arriving to nurse and then leaving again. It’s also normal for nests to be fairly exposed in the ground. Juveniles leave the nest when they are still quite small, and despite their size, they no longer need their mothers.
This makes it extremely hard to be able to tell if the young rabbits are orphaned or not.
If you’ve found a nest and you’re not sure if mom is around you can gently drape some strands of string over the nest in an X. Check back in 24 hours, if mom has returned the sting will be removed. If It has not been touched, call the humane society.
If you’re wondering if a bunny is old enough to be on it’s own, this is how you can tell:
It should be 4 inches in length or more
It should have almost no white on its forehead
It should be able to lift it’s ears up straight
It should be fully furred
It should be able to move quickly
If the bunny has a defined white stripe on its head, the ears are back against it’s back and its not fully furred, this bunny still requires its mother and should be in a nest.
If you find a baby bunny that is not in a nest but you can see a nest nearby, you can put it back while wearing gloves.
It is important to wear gloves and handle the babies as little as possible. Mothers are very sensitive to smell and will actually reject babies if they smell like a human. Baby rabbits are also very susceptible to stress and can die from it. They can also easily injure themselves if handled improperly.
If you can’t find the baby’s nest, or you think a rabbit is injured or sick, don’t hesitate, call the humane society.”