Can you help me identify this creature?

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  1. Star In N.C.

    Star In N.C. Well-Known Member

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    My daughter found this critter and I want to know what it is?

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    My DH said it's a field rat. But I don't think so. Help Please.

    Star
     
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    moopups In Remembrance

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    Can you enlarge the picture? Its much too tiny to see.
     

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    Way too large for a closed- eyed newborn to be a rat. My guess is a rabbit but it is really small ppicture to be certain.
     
  4. Star In N.C.

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    link is not working ...
     
  6. Star In N.C.

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    don't know why link didn't work but pic is up at top now :p
     
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    Bunny :) if she knows where he came from, the mother may still accept him.
     
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    Looks like a rabbit ,To me about 2-3 days old at the most.
     
  9. Star In N.C.

    Star In N.C. Well-Known Member

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    Oh NO, my daughter found 2 more in the high grass. No sign of any bunnys. Could the dog have chased off the momma and she left the 3 newborns?

    What to do with them? Yikes. :eek:
     
  10. Tango

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    Put them back where you found them and keep the dogs away. Mother rabbits don't stay with their young. They come back only once or twice to nurse in a 24 hour period. She may have not been scared by the dogs at all. Rabbits will leave their young in a small depression covered with fur and dried grass.
     
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  12. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Yelp thats a Baby rabbit.Put it back.But i would say now it is food. :( Just best not to bother any Wild Babies.

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  13. Star In N.C.

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    OK baby rabbits back in nest safe and sound. Doggy back in house.

    So mommy rabbit will take them back even with my smell on them..right??? :confused:
     
  14. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    All I can say is maybe? Just pray.

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  15. Yes, she should. To determine whether or not the babies are abandoned, take two pieces of grass and place them in an "X" shape over the top of the nest. Check the nest 12 hours later, or so. If the X is no longer there, Mom has been back and is taking care of the babies. If the X is still there, then there's a good chance they've been abandoned. Call a wildlife rehabber, the DNR, or a wildlife rehabilitation center, or even zoo. It is illegal for un-licensed individuals to rehabilitate wildlife.

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    "It is illegal for un-licensed individuals to rehabilitate wildlife."


    And what abusdities and scoff-law progenitors such laws are.
     
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    Sooo,...it would be better to let the little bugger just die?
     
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    I believe the point trying to be made here, Thumper, is that it would be better for someone definitively knowledgable (i.e. wildlife rehabber) to properly care for the wild babies than an individual that may or may not be familiar with proper husbandry. If you, for example, weren't sure about how to care for an animal, wild or otherwise, would you want to attempt to do so and possibly risk it's health/life because of your limited knowledge/ability/resources or would you turn them over to an individual properly trained & licensed to do so?

    My .02....
     
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    It doesn't make much sense to me when the law says they can be hunted & trapped, and in the case of rabbits, just killed for "fun"---but don't try to save one. What kind of stupid law is that. I think there are getting to be way too many laws.
     
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    Its not hard to raise baby rabbits, if the mom was killed or just dosnt come back. Get a small box and build a nest in it of grass and a little fur [ maybe dog can make amends by donating some]. Feed them kitten milk replacer about twice a day. Rub there hindys with a warm wet cloth to get them to pee. Cover them back up lightly after feeding. Good luck.