Any rabbit hit by a car will 100% need to see a vet. In the meantime, keep the rabbit comfortable in a box, with some towels. Also put some grass or some type of lettuce (anything but iceberg) to nibble in there with her. Make sure the rabbit cannot jump out of the box. Bring it to a vet tomorrow and let them do a check-up. Also, now is a good time to start researching a rehab facility near you who may be able to care for the rabbit after the vet makes a diagnosis.
from L to R: Wednesday, Thursday, Monday @ 4 weeks old
Received a call that baby bunnies were found in Nutley (Thanks Restaino’s!), unfortunately their Mom was found hit by a car. So in moved my new house guests, and they are doing fantastic! Here they are at 1 and 2 weeks old! They grow a lot in that amount of time! Friends on Facebook voted on names for them, so say hello to the cutest days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday!
I Found Baby Rabbits – Now What?
If you find baby bunnies, and their nest has been damaged, the nest can be repaired. Look for a shallow depression lined with grass/fur. Place babies in nest with light layers of grass to hide them. Leave the area or the mother will not return. Mothers return only at dawn and dusk.
If you find healthy baby bunnies that are 4-5 inches long, able to hop, with eyes open and ears up, they do not need help. They are able to survive on their own. Leave them alone.
Questions? Call a wildlife rehabilitator or contact a veterinarian.
How to Rescue Baby Mammals
1. If you find an animal that appears to be injured or in distress, please keep it in a warm, dark and quiet place. Place the animal in a ventilated box with a clean, soft cloth. Tape the box shut.
2. Note exactly where you found the animal. This will be very important for release.
3. Wrap a hot water bottle in a sock or set a heating pad on ’low’ and place in box. Do not place animal directly on a heat source. Do not use heat lamps.
4. Handle the animal as little as possible; do not bother it. Do not handle the animals directly with bare hands, wear gloves. Some animals may bite or scratch to protect themselves, others may carry disease (fleas, ticks, etc.). Wash your hands after contact with the animal.
5. Keep the animal away from pets and children.
6. Do not attempt to offer the animal food or water. Doing so could actually harm instead of help the animal.
7. Contact a local rehabilitation center, state wildlife agency, or wildlife veterinarian as soon as possible for further instructions.
** NOTE: It is against the law in most states to keep wild animals if you do not have permits, even if you plan to care for, then release them.**
And now for some very exciting news! I was interviewed by Marie Claire for my volunteer work in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation … and am featured in the February 2010 issue of the nationwide magazine!
I am really proud of the volunteer work I do, and feel blessed that I get to do it! There is no easier way to get out of bed than to know you are bettering the lives of some orphaned, injured and wild friends!
A special thank you to Jihan at Marie Claire!
This act of everyday wildlife rescue heroics is sure to warm your heart!
A baby bunny became stuck in a rat trap outside an office building in Edison, NJ. Reacting quickly, Leonard Lisacchi, Jr. grabbed his gloves, ran outside, and pried the trap open. Moments later, a terrified little bunny came flying out and ran back under the gazebo to rejoin the rest of its family! Relieved and overjoyed, everyone watching the rescue in action clapped for our heroic rescuer!
We were lucky enough to “babysit” Callie the baby raccoon for a few days. She was a really affectionate and fun houseguest! We were sad to say goodbye but wish her the best!
Thanks to everyone who came to visit with our new friend!
A newborn red kangaroo named Skippy was rejected or expelled from his mother’s pouch at a wildlife park in eastern Louisiana May 13. Four months old, less than a pound and the size of a jellybean, Skippy could grow to 6-feet tall.
To regulate the body temperature, the rescuer kept Skippy close to your skin, and she turned a sweatshirt into an impromptu pouch and wore it inside another shirt and a warm fleece jacket. He had to stay on his back, with his feet near his head, to ensure normal development of hind leg tendons and muscles. Skippy was driven to the Baton Rouge Zoo, where the zoo’s veterinarian mixed a batch of powdered milk substitute and cleaned the baby. The Baton Rouge Zoo also provided an emergency supply of kangaroo milk replacer, tiny bottles and the long, flexible nipples needed for kangaroos.
Now weighing about 3 pounds, Skippy took his first wobbly steps June 30, and his first hops July 4. In about two or three months, he’ll be at the age when red kangaroos leave the pouch for good.
See the full article here: http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20090720/US.Baby.Kangaroo/
A, E, I, O, U & Y were successfully released to their new home in New York State.