Tlalpujahua

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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.

2 comments:

  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.

    Saludos,

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

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    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.
      ¡Saludos!

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