Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre asks Winnipeggers not to touch nests with rabbits

Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre asks Winnipeggers not to touch nests with rabbits

Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre worries about the safety of little rabbits.

That’s why the centre calls city residents not to take little rabbits from their nests if they notice them in their yards.

Every spring, employees of the centre face this problem. Residents of the city find nests near their houses, and most of them believe that these nests are abandoned, so they urgently need to save the little rabbits.

The situation is quite the opposite. Mother comes to the nest only 2-3 times a day. For the rest of the day, the rabbits are alone. They are not in danger, the mother wants to improve the safety of the babies and therefore does not attract much attention to the nest.

Organization workers say that more than 500 rabbits are brought to the rehabilitation centre every spring. Mother rabbits usually cover their nests with grass and branches, and people do not find these nests. However, those people who want to work in the garden can accidentally bump into them.

In this situation, it is worth leaving the nests as they are. However, it is possible to put some flower on the top of the nest. A day later, you will see whether the flower is in the place. If it is not there, or it lies elsewhere, then the mother has come to the nest.

Four weeks later the rabbits can leave the nest. At this moment, people also decide to bring them to the centre, as they worry that they are too small to survive on their own. This opinion is also wrong. The little bunnies will find enough food in the garden, and after some time they will get stronger and be ready for independent living.

However, there are two situations when it is worth paying attention and calling the center: if small rabbits are injured or in the case of a predator somewhere nearby. In all other cases, extreme care can only harm the cubs.

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