Center for Wildlife warns people to leave baby bunnies alone as they hop around NH
CAPE NEDDICK, Maine — Baby bunnies have been hopping around the Granite State, but the Center for Wildlife is warning people to leave them alone.
The wildlife sanctuary in Cape Neddick, Maine, said they received three calls Tuesday about young rabbits and admitted a young snowshoe hare after her rescuers worried that she was orphaned.
Snowshoe hares are precocial, meaning they are born fully furred with their eyes open, the Center for Wildlife said. These high prey species leave the nest in just one week, and by week three they are fully weaned.
Cottontail rabbits are born furless with their eyes closed, but still are usually weaned and completely on their own by four-five weeks, the Center for Wildlife added. Moms typically only spend up to 10 minutes a day with these babies, careful not to give away their nesting site.
If you see a baby bunny this season, the Center for Wildlife says:
- Watch the babies from a distance as long as they have their eyes open, no dogs or cats have interfered with the rabbit and it does not appear injured.
- Keep cats indoors.
- If you accidentally disturb a nest, call a wildlife rehabilitator to get instructions on repairing it. Moms will not reject the babies due to human scent.
- Call a wildlife rehabilitator if you find an injured rabbit or if you know the mother is deceased.
The Center for Wildlife can be reached at 1-207-361-1400.