PSA: Check for Bunny Nests Before Mowing Your Lawn This Summer
Those scorched, dead patches of grass that dot your lawn come summertime might be a bit more alive than you think. Baby bunnies could be burrowing beneath the surface, where they'll stay for the first three weeks of their lives.
According to a video by the Ontario Wildlife Removal Inc., all you have to do is pull up those "dead" sections up grass to reveal the baby rabbits — called kits! — nestled together, waiting for mom to come back to feed them. Don't be alarmed if youdon'tsee mama rabbit, though, since they only tend to their young once or twice a day.
Without this handy tip, it's pretty easy to overlook a bunny hole. Here's what a rabbit nest looks like to us, above ground:
Knowing what you know now, it's so important to comb over your lawn before mowing, or risk harming the little family below the surface.
Finding a rabbit nest, though, is very much a "look, don't touch" situation — which is tough since kits are the cutest babies in the animal kingdom. "Please just let them be," said Jeremy from Ontario Wildlife Removal. "We know that they're growing up, which means they're getting fed."
The wildlife agency followed up their video with a similar — like rabbits, fawns are left alone for most of the day and shouldn't be touched or disrupted. If the little deer's ears are "curled," though (that means they're dehydrated), or they're bleeding, it's best to call a local licensed wildlife rehab sanctuary.
Video: You find baby rabbits in your grass...what do you do?
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