Sunday, August 30, 2015

6 Baby Bunnies

Sometimes life gets in the way of getting the day-to-day things done!  Last week, it was getting the lawn mowed.  We just didn't have time!  Yikes!  Unfortunately, that meant the grass was VERY tall and a Mama bunny made a nest in our yard.  The up side is that our dogs had not yet discovered the baby bunnies.  The down side is that I was unaware of said nest and went ahead and mowed the yard to discover a portion of the grass clippings throbbing up and down.  Almost as if they were alive!  As it turns out, there were 6 baby bunnies in there, just trying to keep warm and stay alive.  

We found out there is about a 10% chance of survival if bunnies are taken away from their own nest.  We also researched and read that a nest can only be safely relocated to a few feet away if we want the mother rabbit to find it.  So, we decided to try and raise the bunnies ourselves.  

The kids and I went to the store and got a little cage and some bedding.  We picked up eye droppers at my school to nurse the bunnies.  We purchased kitten's milk replacement to feed the bunnies.
Did you know that you have to rub their bottoms with a wet rag to stimulate them to use the bathroom?  In the wild the mother bunny would lick them to do this.

The bunnies were so tiny and so fun to hold and feed!

The best was when they would realize we had the eye dropper there with milk and they would start sucking on the tip of the eye dropper!  We fed them about 4 times a day and it would take around 30-40 minutes to feed them all!

The kids had fun showing them off to friends that stopped by.  Kylie and Mason were so responsible with helping to feed and hold the bunnies.  

Unfortunately they did not make it very long.  About a week later all of the bunnies were gone.  It was sad to see them go, but it was fun to try to help them survive.  In the week they were with us, a couple of them grew enough to open their eyes!!

What fun things have you been up to recently?

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