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GSD17
05-02-2008, 18:41
Ok, dog brought me a baby rabbit... barely any fur, just gray skin... eyes not open.... tiny.

Somehow or another, it is not injured at all.

My brother's wife told me a bit of how to take care of it...

Any experts on here? HELP.

Thanks yall

Zonny
05-02-2008, 19:28
Found this hope it's helpful

http://www.geocities.com/crawdadcreekrehab/OrphanedBunny.html

MrsKitty
05-02-2008, 20:12
In much the same way as we raised my Miss Kitty who was a few days old when we got her would be my first guess :)

Feeding every hour, maybe 30 minutes up to two hours depending on bunnie's needs, twenty-four hours a day. Use an animal formula. I don't know if bunnies are lactose intolerant or not, but I would use kitten formula since it is lactose free just in case.

I suspect you will have to teach bunnie to poop and pee like you do with a kitten. I did this by gently wiping the area with a warm, damp paper towel. It is rough like the mama cat's tongue so it is ideal. Not sure what a rabbit tongue is like...

One thing to remember is bunnie is going to be tame and not safe to release when older. You might see if any local animal rescue groups do rehab in your area. They will know exactly what bunnie needs. :)

Oh, and post some pics. Do one with something to show the size of the baby bunnie. :hearts:

obxemt
05-02-2008, 20:26
"Fryer or young rabbit - the terms 'fryer' or 'young rabbit' refer to a rabbit weighing not less than 1 pounds and rarely more than 3 pounds, and less than 12 weeks of age. The flesh is tender, fine grained, and a bright pearly pink color. These rabbits may be cooked in much the same way as young poultry."

Hope this helps!

GSD17
05-02-2008, 21:39
I get terribly conflicting methods from online, and there is no one to take it. I called the state and their rehabilitators.... this is going to be tough.

GSD17
05-02-2008, 21:44
Quick cell phone snap.


http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f119/KI4FKW/0502081921.jpg

I really mean conflicting, too.

Some folks say that some formulas are the only ones you can use and that all others will kill them, and then others say the exact EXACT opposite.

These aren't just anyone either, these things are what the state told me, and what vets have told me.

WTF?

Zonny
05-03-2008, 06:22
Pick one and go with it. The odds are stacked against you and you shouldn't beat yourself up over it. Do the best you can and accept the fate.

Good luck and thanks for caring. :hearts:

Platz
05-03-2008, 07:29
Just FYI, in the wild - rabbits only nurse their young twice a day on average. They then leave to eat, etc.. and not attract other wildlife to the nest. This business of only feeding about 2x's a day is why so many people find a nest of youngsters and think they have been abandoned.

I can't answer as to whether you should keep this up in captivity, or feed more often like you would other animals.

I have never raised a baby rabbit, but I'm fairly sure you're supposed to use goats milk formula as opposed to kitten/puppy formula. The petstores will sell it. The general rule of thumb regarding use of heat pads is that if the animal can move around (IE: OFF the heat pad), then you are safe to use one under half the enclosure you're keeping it in. If the animal can't move around much, don't use one or he could quickly overheat and die.

Unless you plan to keep it after it's grown up (should you prove successful in raising it, that is), I'd turn this guy over to a wildlife rehabber. You can't turn a bottle fed baby loose in the wild - it will not know how to survive.

Javelin
05-03-2008, 08:01
So many people raise bunnies. They multiply so quickly I think they would be pretty hardy.

rhikdavis
05-03-2008, 08:33
Go out and find the big hole your dog dug up to get to the burrow and return it. :supergrin:

Good luck!

GSD17
05-03-2008, 18:01
A goats milk mix is what I settled on, hasn't killed him yet.

I did know that they only feed twice a day, that is one thing that all info sources agreed on.

I tried to turn it over to a wildlife rehabber, no one that the state recommended would take it.. due to my location in relation to theirs and their volume of the same kind of animal to care for.

So far so good though. Thanks for everyones help.

I'd find where the dog found it, but they roam a good 50 acres here and I have NO clue where she got it from.

It is funny, it is so small, eyes still closed, but the dang thing will still jump, pretty good, too.

obxemt
05-03-2008, 18:07
The real question is, have you named it yet? If so, it will be your forever! :supergrin:

MrsKitty
05-03-2008, 18:38
OMG. I think I just fell in love. :hearts:

If the goat's milk isn't giving him diarrhea or constipating him, he should be OK.

My uncle's friend got a momma rabbit while cutting hay. He discovered the den (went looking for it actually) and my uncle told me where it was. By the time I got there, something had ate the bunnies. I would have tried to save them but I have no idea what I would have done with them if they had lived...

Good luck. :)

GSD17
05-03-2008, 19:17
OMG. I think I just fell in love. :hearts:

If the goat's milk isn't giving him diarrhea or constipating him, he should be OK.


I have only had him for one day now, I have fed him twice, and gave him gatorade once before that.... I have had no luck getting him to use the bathroom at all yet, even with a warm wet cloth.... any ideas?

I'm not sure how regularly or in what way they should go, so as I'll know if he is constipated.

MrsKitty
05-03-2008, 20:45
Is he peeing for you? If he isn't peeing, he is dehydrating! If that is the case, try giving him some sugar water. It will give him some energy and get water back in him and hopefully, it being sweet will encourage him to drink plenty.

I dunno how often rabbits crap. It doesn't seem like they "waste" a lot based on the rabbit piles I have seen... I have no ideas on that. :sad:

There wasn't much from the kittens until they got older. Then there wasn't a lot.

I would just keep trying pretty often.

Zonny
05-04-2008, 03:37
I did know that they only feed twice a day, that is one thing that all info sources agreed on.





The site I linked you to says if they don't have their eyes open yet, they need fed more often. Otherwise 3x per day. Please re-read and again, good luck.

Platz
05-04-2008, 05:48
The site I linked you to says if they don't have their eyes open yet, they need fed more often. Otherwise 3x per day. Please re-read and again, good luck.

That's interesting, because in the wild they only feed twice per day - even from birth.

Glock_172630
05-04-2008, 11:09
Contact the nearest Animal Rescue or humane society or ASPCA. The information you get from them will be "more" reliable than sifting through everything you read on the ERRORnet, while the bunny starves to death because you're afraid of what to do and what not to do. If you have to drive there, who cares how far it is or what gas costs- you are saving a life. This is one of those times where a LIFE depends on you getting PROFESSIONAL HELP 10-18.

GSD17
05-04-2008, 23:21
Thanks again for the advice.

I did get some info from the state when I called them.

He made it through day 2 with me, so far so good.

It is funny, but I can actually tell that he has grown in 2 days.

He can almost stand up, and jumps.

These suckers grow fast.

jtk
05-05-2008, 03:18
just tagging along to see how it all turns out...good luck with the little guy!

coooltom
05-08-2008, 10:57
Train it to balance a pancake on it's head! :bunny:

G19Tony
05-08-2008, 12:22
Good luck. No matter how it turns out. You are a good person for trying. :wavey:

GSD17
05-09-2008, 12:10
Just an update... eyes are open, he is strong and looks like a rabbit now :)

Zonny
05-09-2008, 18:50
Just an update... eyes are open, he is strong and looks like a rabbit now :)


Oh my gosh!!! You have done a great job being a 'bunny-caretaker"

Please post another pic soon :wavey:

Platz
05-09-2008, 18:56
That's great news GSD. :) Any idea what you're going to do with it when it's weaned?

MrsKitty
05-09-2008, 19:04
Has he grown into those ears? :hearts:

obxemt
05-09-2008, 19:06
Just an update... eyes are open, he is strong and looks like a rabbit now :)

That's spectacular. Will you be keeping him?

Blinky
05-09-2008, 21:42
more pics!!

obxemt
05-09-2008, 21:42
more pics!!

:goodpost:

GSD17
05-11-2008, 03:00
I'll post some pics tomorrow.

No clue what I will do with him yet... whatever is best for him. If its best I keep him, I will... if its best to let him go, I will.

It is AMAZING how fast their condition changes though...

He grows daily, and is visibly different looking from day to day.

It goes both ways though.

I skimped him on a meal (on accident)... I am a police officer and have been taking him to work with me so I can feed him at night. I got busy and he missed a meal... when I came to check on him... he looked nearly dead, weak.. skinny.. couldnt hardly stand up.

I took off early and brought him home to feed him.

After a full syringe of food... he is back to normal.

WEIRD.

Taught me a lesson though... won't be happening again.

obxemt
05-11-2008, 06:28
I am a police officer and have been taking him to work with me so I can feed him at night...I took off early and brought him home to feed him.

I was also for seven years, and you never would have lived down the ribbing with the guys I used to work with!!! :rofl:

Platz
05-11-2008, 06:43
I am a police officer and have been taking him to work with me so I can feed him at night.

Does he ride in the car with you? That is too funny! Wonder what he thinks when you hit the sirens. :supergrin:

obxemt
05-11-2008, 07:09
Does he ride in the car with you? That is too funny! Wonder what he thinks when you hit the sirens. :supergrin:

I'd use him on traffic stops.

"Ma'am, this is my drug-sniffing baby-bunny, please don't make me use him. Just tell me where the dope is." :supergrin:

GSD17
05-11-2008, 12:42
I was also for seven years, and you never would have lived down the ribbing with the guys I used to work with!!! :rofl:


I was working my part time job at a small pd... where it is a 1 officer shift.

:)

GSD17
05-11-2008, 12:43
Does he ride in the car with you? That is too funny! Wonder what he thinks when you hit the sirens. :supergrin:

Nah, it would be too stressful... he stays in a quiet office in the PD.

MrsKitty
05-11-2008, 18:36
I was going to college (with a bunch of cops no less) when I got my Miss Kitty who less less than a week old. I took her and everything I would need to feed her with me to class several times. The first night, I was stared at. Somebody asked what she was and when I said a kitten they asked if I was sure of that. The second night people were asking to hold her and one person wanted to feed her. :)

MrsKitty
05-12-2008, 17:26
I'll post some pics tomorrow.



It's tomorrow. I wanna see if he has grown into those ears yet! :heart:

What have you named bunnie?

The first time Missy and Itty Bitty (both were hand fed, well, IBK was semi-handfed) had their first bowel movement after eating more than formula, I thought they were each going to die. Be ready for bunnie to have a hard time and understand that it is going to be hard on him and he may have a lot of problems and even die from it. I don't know how to make it easier but I thought we were going to lose both Missy and IBK then. :crying:

GSD17
05-12-2008, 18:56
Sad update... bunny died :crying:

Just like alot of people say with rabbits, he was doing awesome... and then just died without a hint of a problem.

I brought him to work with me this morning, fed him... came to check on him around noon and he was dead.

Oh well... I hate it, I really wanted him to make it.

I named him "pig" by the way.

I do have a short cell phone video I took of him licking my hand last night.... I'll post it up when I get a few minutes.

Zonny
05-12-2008, 19:07
You gave it your best shot. That's all you can do and I certainly commend your efforts. :hugs:

obxemt
05-12-2008, 19:12
That sucks donkey balls.

Platz
05-12-2008, 20:07
So sorry to hear that gsd. :(

MrsKitty
05-12-2008, 20:59
:crying:

You tried your best. :hugs: