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Old 05-17-2012, 01:21 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Help babby bunnys

im not going to keep them . yet , they still have there eyes closed and mom is still feeding them . when they grow and leave the nest, can i catch one of them the day he leaves his nest? then we will drive him to a vet and do a checkup for u know gender and wild bunny sick stuff , but can we d that? is it illegal in alabama ? and most of all where do i keep him and what do i feed him ? ,, remember i did reaserch and found most babby bunnys die if u care for them so im wateing a mounth for them to grow , so pls bunny lovers tell me what to do
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:08 PM   #2 
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Are you talking about WILD rabbits? O_o
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:14 PM   #3 
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To be honest, I wouldn't suggest it. I live in New York so I don't know about the laws in your state, but I doubt it is illegal. But there are differences between wild rabbits and hares and the domestic breed. So, i think it's a bad idea.

But, if you do catch the bunny anyway, It is best to keep a bunny inside your house. Bunny care is a bit complicated to put in a single post so I'll end off with a list of sites I like. I also have two magazines I picked up at petco, but I don't know if you can get them in your state.

THis site is what the ASPCA site says to help bunny owners get started
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/small-...bbit-care.aspx

These sites are a bit more indepth because they are only about rabbits.

http://www.rabbit.org/care/index.html

http://www.myhouserabbit.com/care.php
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #4 
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+1 to snowy. You should leave the Wild Rabbits alone and stay away from the nest.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:42 PM   #5 
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Do not catch the baby wild bunny, leave the mother and her babies alone and in their natural habitat. It could very well be illegal. Wild rabbits do not do well captivity, especially young ones. They are stressed very easily.

Why take one from the wild and put in it a cage? Rabbits are the third most frequently surrendered pet in the United States and are euthanized in countless numbers because of it. If you really want a pet rabbit, adopt one from a shelter or rescue. Or you could even try Craigslist. It always has baby bunnies needing homes.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:43 PM   #6 
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In Tennessee it is illegal to catch and keep a wild animal. Despite this a lot of people do it anyway. I wouldn't, to be honest. It's a wild animal. It hasn't been bred for captivity and won't thrive as it would in the wild. Leave the baby bunnies where they are, head to the animal shelter or craigslist and find a bunny who needs a home and can't survive on their own.
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I don't suggest it. But I do suggest going to an animal SHELTER and adopting one(:
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #8 
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i live in an area where bunnys dont come to often , it may be a pet someone let loose , but its cotton tale bunny and im wateing til they grow up , and im not gona put him in a cage forever like u have to do with fish . but il take him out and play with him in the kitchen , and im wateing till he grows and leaves the nest , and i looked it up . we will bring him to a vet straight away
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:19 PM   #9 
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It's highly illegal to keep any native wildlife that you catch in America.. You need permits to keep native mammals legally. Your vet will inform you of this. Cotton tails are wild animals.
It will most surely get a heart attack and die as soon as you catch it. That's just how rabbits are.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:30 PM   #10 
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Yeah even if you wait until it is old enough to be weaned it has been born wild and most likely its closest ancestors are wild so it is going to react a lot more differently than a domesticated rabbit would.

People do not realise that wild animals are a world apart from domesticated species. It would be extremely stressful for a half-wild rabbit to be captured, put into a rabbit hutch and then 'played with' by something it is going to think is a predator or threat.

If you want a rabbit so much why don't you just go and buy one? You are probably not going to be able to touch or get near your wild bunny for a long, long time.
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