A tiny rabbit which was rescued by a member of the public in her garden is now being cared for by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill.
The young rabbit had been caught by the lady’s pet cat and brought in from a local field where there are many warrens.
If cats catch wild animals and break the skin they can inject infection through their teeth, and the animal may need to be given antibiotics.
Luckily, though, the bunny was uninjured and is now being cared for by Katie Gibbs, one of the animal carers at Secret World.
Weighing just 120 grammes, the young rabbit is still on milk, but rabbits only feed their young kits twice a day so it’s not too much work. The young bunny is already eating greens so it will soon be weaned.
“With spring just around the corner we will soon be seeing lots of baby rabbits around,” Pauline Kidner, Secret World’s founder, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
“The tiny rabbits are born in a stop underground and their mother pulls her fur out to keep them warm as they are blind, naked and deaf.”
“By the time they are fully furred with eyes and ears open and above ground they are able to look after themselves – although they are still very vulnerable.”
“Young rabbits may look young and helpless but usually they are not far from their warren, so there is no need for the public to intercept them unless there is imminent danger from traffic or predators.”