Bunnies and Pests

photo credit: 10 days old via photopin (license)
photo credit: 10 days old via photopin (license)

While I was outside feeding a fawn the other day, a gentleman brought in a bucket with several baby bunnies. The Wildwoods staff  told him to put them back. These were healthy, strong babies (kits) and the mom (doe) was still alive somewhere. Even though the staff and volunteers at Wildwoods are very good at what they do, keeping rabbit kits alive without their mom is incredibly difficult.

This man’s wife was adamant about these bunnies being removed because the nest had been made right in the middle of the garden she was planting. The Wildwoods staff recommended fencing in the garden, which the couple was already in the process of doing, and moving the kits to just outside the fenced in area. As long as it’s not too big of a move, mom will find babies and keep them safe.

The best way to make sure “pests” don’t pester, is to prevent them from getting in in the first place. Remember, the animals don’t give two s**ts about humans and it’s nothing personal. They invade our spaces because we have provided an inviting situation – warmth, food, shelter. Instead of killing or orphaning the critters after they’ve gotten in, we need to fix the holes in our fences and homes before it becomes a problem.

Here is a fun fact about rabbits: Cellulose, found in the plants they eat, is not easily digested. As a result, just like cows, they need to re-digest it. Unlike cows, however, who do this by ruminating cud, rabbits ensure they’ve gotten all possible nutrients out of their food by pooping it out (in soft, mucousy pellets) and eating the poo. The hard pellets you’ve probably seen in your yard are the re-digested soft poos.

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