Found a baby bunny in the window well this morning, just before five am. I went out the door and heard a thump and a squeak. I said "Oh joy, another critter in the window well for me to rescue." lol
Turns out, it was a VERY tiny baby bunny, looks to be only two weeks old or so. I've never seen such a tiny baby bunny, and I've had some that were under four weeks. Cute little booger. I looked in at him and he looked up at me and back to facing the corner. And I told him he was cute and I'd get him out, he looked up at me again. I almost melted.
NORMALLY I just let them go once I get them out if they're not injured. Or if they're real messed up, or if it's the middle of the day, I keep them in a box to make sure they're fine before releasing them as mom will come get them at night. However, when I pulled him out, I noticed his leg felt weird. I am worried it may be broken so I boxed him. He was also thin and cold, so he's either been away from mom a while, or something happened to her. =/ We'll see later, I'm gonna see if his leg was actually broken or not. If it is, I'll call a rehab center to come pick him up. If it's not busted, I'll let him go tonight when mom will be looking for him. I'm waiting for him to move on his own so I can see it, I'd rather not touch it...the mere thought makes me cringe.
Darn he's cute though! I got a photo of him when I was getting his box ready. iI used ferret bedding since it's for sensitive animals and it's warm, and put him in a quiet place where he'll be safe and feel more secure at least. Other than that, at THIS age, I can't do anything for him as I do not have goat milk or proper formular. ^^;
It's strange how tame young rabbits act though, I try to have as little contact as possible when I rescue one. The window well is impossible to escape, we need to get something other than a grate to block it, babies fall in allll the time. Every year I get at least two and I have to crawl in on my head practically to get them as netting or scooping is impossible. @_@;
But this one was very attentive with me, and was licking my hand when I got him out. How odd. Hungry or thinks that'll scare me maybe. I wonder if he's someones pet that got loose from mom, but I doubt it. I have seen some mixed wild bunnies though, that couldn't possible be full wild ones. Odd colors, too big. It's uncomfortable to find wild animals, even young, that aren't afraid of you and even affectionate. He tried to get back in my hand when I put him in the box. Makes me wonder. But then baby rabbits can be pretty...odd, they don't know any better and if you don't hurt them they're like "Oh, ok!"
Anywho, I'll update later. I'm hoping he'll move so I can see if he's actually as injured as he felt. It FELT like his leg was busted and his hip out of place when I had him sitting in my hand. But he coulda just been at an odd angle and I don't poke around wild critters unless I have to.
Photos: Yeah, they came out smeared. He was shivering when I got him, so he fell asleep after being in my warm hand. Keep in mind I don't intend to handle him unless I have to, and I was handling him here only until his box was warmed up by the heater, it was outside and cold and we have cats so I couldn't put him down.
You can see he's fairly young, looks like his eyes only just opened which I hear happens at 7-10 days. They still have that watery focusing look to them. I haven't had one this young before, so I don't know his actual age. ^^;
His right hind leg is the one that feels off. He's fairly thin, so that could be it realy and he'll be home-free tonight if that's the case. I was scared to move him so I can't look or help him do his thing....that's moms job, I'm hoping I wont have to. >>; I may end up with another bunny to rehabillitate like I did three years ago. I found another bunny, about two weeks older, in the well with a nasty wound on his shoulder and kept him for a few weeks before he met with an accident. I put up his photo earlier, his name was Houdini and he loved strawberries. LOL When they're that young, you can't really release them into the wild when you have to nurse them. ^^; So they're stuck.
How does a wild animal get this comfortable with a human when they've only been near them for two minutes? He's sleeping for goodness sake! Houdini didn't want anything to do with me for three days, but he was so banged up neither of us had a choice. He reminds me of a dwarf bunny with those tiny ears. ^^; I really hope he's ok, nothing better than watching them go back where they belong.