2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:44 PM
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Hi friends! Need some help around Park Ridge. I have a bunny nest, last night something got to it and 3 bunnies dead. 😥 However, there are 3 more in the nest. Whatever got to them last night is going to come back I’d bet. What can I do? They’re eyes are open and maybe 5 inches from looking at the dead ones. only the bodies were left. All the heads were gone. 😥😥 I know many of you will say to let Mother Nature do her job BUT my instincts tell me to protect them. Do you think I should cover them with some sort of netting overnight? *** UPDATE! I called the number that Diana Prince sent me. The lady from the wildlife said it was an owl as owls decapitate bunnies. She said to cover the hole with a chair or patio umbrella and hope for the best! Thanks everyone!

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:49 PM

I shot some real footage in the wild. Nature is ruthless and this is nothing to stuff we witnessed lol. If they’re not eating them and just killing them. I’d probably bring them inside

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:49 PM

Try calling Flink Creek Wildlife rehab and ask them

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:51 PM

I would just leave them because I’m sure mama is going to come back for them or to feed them.

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:55 PM

I don’t think rabbits have very strong maternal instincts. They don’t do anything for their young but make them a nest and then feed them at night. I think the babies stay in the nest for 3 weeks or so. If you disturb the nest she definitely won’t come back. 🤷‍♀️ theres also the possibility she was the one who ate their heads.

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:56 PM

This happened to is two years in a row, momma comes at dusk and Dawn to feed them. You can try to keep other animals away after she has been there. If you touch them she wont come, like birds. Good luck, message me if you need to

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:58 PM

Call a shelter & ask.

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 2:59 PM

Please call wildlife professional for advice

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:01 PM

If something already got to the nest the mom won’t come back - the babies are on their own

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:02 PM

Circle of life

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:03 PM

I would wear clean gloves with no fragrance. Take away the dead ones and leave the nest untouched. If they are open to the air, drop a few dried leaves on the top of the nest so they stay warm and hidden. Whatever attacked the nest may not come again. The maternal instincts of rabbits are very strong. The mom will return at dusk and again at dawn. Don’t cover the nest. And don’t put any food in your yard for the mom. That will attract animals that could attack the babies.

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:11 PM

Following

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:20 PM

Definitely take the dead bunnies out. I would also cover the nest with grass and put some of the old grass on top so it has her scent on it. Mother bunnies do come back, even if touched. 2 years ago a friend of mine didn't see a bunny hole and cut the grass and killed a few. We removed the dead bunnies and there was only 2 alive. Momma came back for 1 but not for the other. We watched the bunny for 2 days while momma was away. Bought him some hay too make sure he was eating. He was running around our yard, chasing the kids around and having a great time. After day 2, I saw momma and let baby go and momma grabbed up her baby and left. She brought the bunny by us and always stayed close. They both are still in my yard. She knew we protected her baby. I have raised bunnies, so I know what to do. I don't suggest trying to play with them or handling them too much. Just that dead bunnies will attract other animals for a meal and compromise the living babies.

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:21 PM

Skunks, I put a little fency

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:22 PM

Dont touch nest with your hands

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:32 PM

The mom will come back at night! If you do decide to take them in and feed them, you need kitten formula it's found at the pet supply, and you need to massage their belly after they eat. so they can poop. I didn't know this and lost a bunny last year

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 3:44 PM

Scoop the dead ones out and then cover like the lady from the wildlife! Good luck

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 4:35 PM

Yep I would leave it for the mother to come back she will take care of the babies and the dead ones. It is likely an owl cover it with something so mom can still get back in. I’ve raised baby bunnies it’s a lot of work. The mother only comes to nurse for a very very short time

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 6:53 PM

You may absolutely remove the dead bunnies. they will begin to rot and the others will die of you don’t. Bunnies only feed once per day- twice if the momma come again. There mike is extremely rich- so they only need the one feeding. The mother will also absolutely come back even if you touch them.

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 8:52 PM

We had several nests last year, I put an upside down bin over it and cut out one side like a dog house. It kept them safe and mom went in there every night to feed them.

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2 years ago on 04/24/2020 at 11:17 PM

Thank you so much everyone! Stay well! 💖💖

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2 years ago on 04/25/2020 at 10:36 AM

We had the same thing happen. then we watched the mother bunny eat the other babies 😳🐰☠️

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