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Eastern Cottontail rabbit [baby]

Sylvilagus floridanus

Description:

Brown and furry

Habitat:

Outside our yard

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6 Comments

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

and thank you outsidegirl

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

thank you cranbrook!

cute!

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 8 years ago

coooooool!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

thank you forestdragon!
we did return it

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

This is most likely an Eastern Cottontail baby. I hope that this little one was returned to where you found it. Cottontails do not do well in captivity and have a tendency to die suddenly from stress, even when they appear fine.

Mother rabbits only visit the babies around dawn and dusk and only for a few minutes. They do not stay near the nest to avoid drawing predators to it. The best thing you can do for this baby is to return it to where you found it (as long as it is a safe place). This one is almost ready to leave the nest but not quite old enough to be weaned.

Here is some useful information for what to do if you find a baby rabbit:
http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/departme...

Caleb Steindel
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Caleb Steindel

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Apr 22, 2013
Submitted on Apr 22, 2013

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