Are you in EU or North America? It looks like a domestic rabbit and the fact that it came to you tells me it’s not wild.
Saw this little one while walking my dog this morning. I don’t know much about rabbits, however I’d think that a wild rabbit would instantly run away. I was shocked when he came up to me.
Does this 100% mean he was someone’s and was abandoned??
I want to help if needed, however I don’t want to do anything I shouldn’t due to my lack of experience with rabbits.
Please advise. Thank you!
The coloring is unfortunate as it is very similar to a wild rabbits, however looking at the texture of this buns fur (longer), ears (too wide) and roundness of its head, it almost certainly looks domestic. Cotton tail bunnies have really white tails (hence the name), have shorter/tighter fur with more narrow noses and ears.
Please try to save the bunny if you can. Bunnies can’t meow or bark or cry for help like a cat or dog would, it approaching you is about all it can do to say something. It might hesitate and run, but it’s a prey animal, survival comes first before anything else. Rescues are over-burdened and understaffed and rely on good Samaritans to lend a hand in bunny rescues.
If you can rescue it, please note:
Do not grab the rabbit by the legs as their bones are fragile and can break easily while they struggle to run away.
Do not grab the bunny by the ears or the “scruff” of their neck. They’re not sturdy on their neckline like a kitten or puppy might be (though I wouldn’t pick any animal up by the scruff anyways). Their skin is delicate and damage could be done to it and the muscles/bones around the area.
If you use a live trap, only do so while you are able to keep an eye on it. Live traps left unattended could put the rabbit in a horrible situation where they are being attacked by other animals with no way out.
Using a play pen (dog play pen, either a metal one or collapsible fabric one) goes a long way in corralling the rabbit. Getting it into a corner and using a playpen that opens up is best, if you’re not able to pick the rabbit up easily.
Have a cat carrier on hand to place the bunny in.
Do not wash the rabbit and please note that if the bunny has been out this long, that it may likely have fleas or lice.
Have some timothy hay and fresh water available for bun. They can be litter trained, so please use a litter box and paper litter/pellets. Do not use cat litter as it has clumping capabilities and can cause fatal blockages in their stomachs.
Check to see if the state you are living in has a house rabbit rescue. They have teams of volunteers dedicated to rescuing abandoned bunnies.
that doesn’t look like a wild rabbit to me.
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