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Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released! 

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A Tale of Two Rabbits

By Sarvey Wildlife / Monday, March 28, 2016 /
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These two Eastern cottontails came in on different days, both were orphaned and one was found near some cats; the other was dug up in the nest by a dog. Both are doing well. The one with the brown fleece that appears more sleek with smoother fur, was not weaned yet. The other one in the blue fleece blanket is weaned, and a viable size that would be leaving the nest. You can see the full post with images and description here. If you find a cottontail that appears in distress, has been attacked by an animal, or is otherwise disturbed from its nest - please call us and we will advise. Many situations are normal, others need help. The best thing to remember is to not feed them anything, just keep them in a quiet, warm, dark place and do not handle them. They are not like domestic rabbits - they can easily die from stress and they do NOT know you are not a predator. Speaking of predators - Please keep your cats inside and watch your dogs while they are outside. So many of our patients are here in the busy baby season because of cat and dog attacks. These are not always successful rehabilation situations - sadly, cats can do a lot of damage and create bad wounds and tear off skin - dogs can often cause unseen shaking and crushing internal injuries. Status - 1 released, 1 died. The older rabbit was released, the smaller one suffered internal injures from the dog attack and died. 

 

 

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