dusk near Cuernavaca

dusk near Cuernavaca

Friday, April 29, 2016

Baby Bunnies

Even though it was a chilly, gray day, I went outside to clean out one of my flower beds this afternoon.  There was of bunch of fuzzy stuff in one spot in the bed, and when I brushed it aside I was startled by movement.  There, in a small depression, was a nest of at least five baby rabbits.  The one whose movement had startled me crawled out of the nest and wandered around for a while until it found its way back to the nest.

I was worried that they would be too cold tonight without their furry covering.  So when I was done working in the garden, I tore up some cotton balls and put a very thin, porous layer over the nest.

I did a bit of research on the internet, and discovered that mother rabbits only come to the nest a couple times a day to nurse their babies, usually around dawn and dusk.  They looked well-fed, so they had probably not been abandoned.  I just hope mother is not alarmed when she sees the cotton that I had placed over her babies.

UPDATE:  When I looked at the nest this morning, the cotton had been moved away, so the mother obviously came to nurse her babies.


  1. You, of course, realize you are protecting a future crop of flower-eaters. Of course, what choice does one have? They are so darned cute. Maybe you should snatch one and tame it. I once had a friend who kept rabbits in her apartment as pets, and apparently they can be domesticated.


    Kim G
    CDMX, México
    Where there are plenty of birds, but we have yet to see rabbits.

    1. Compared to the deer, the rabbits don't do much damage to my flower gardens. (Now if I still had a vegetable garden, that would be a different matter.) I did some research after I found the nest. Although rabbits are domesticated, it is extremely difficult to try to raise a baby rabbit from wild and have it survive.