Thursday, July 14, 2011
She (he?) had a small wound on one of her back legs, thanks to Carly, no doubt, but was otherwise warm and calm with her eyes shut tight and a little covering of fur on her body. I think she must be a cottontail as jackrabbits are not born blind, and probably around 2-5 days old. Since I have no idea where her nest is, her chances of making it in the wild are about zero. She may not make it with my help, but of course I have to try anyway. I made her up a little box with a receiving blanket, a small towel, and a bit of soft wool roving. I read many online variations of How to Care for an Orphaned Wild Newborn Rabbit, they all preface their advice with leave it alone or bring it to a wildlife rehab specialist, but if you insist on helping it yourself, here's what to do... I decided to try to feed her with a small eye dropper. Until my husband picks up some kitten milk replacer after work today, I have been feeding her a mixture of organic heavy cream, a dab of greek yogurt for the probiotics, and, um, breastmilk. Rabbit milk has the highest caloric content of any mammal, did you know? She only swallows a tiny amount per feeding so far, but she is eliminating so I'll take that as a good sign. I'm going on a combination of research and gut instinct.
If I can get her to the point of being able to care for herself, I will introduce her back into the wild, so I'm trying to handle her minimally. But her extreme cuteness makes that difficult :) If anyone has experience or advice to share, feel free.
Posted by cfgyexy6464 at 2:12 PM