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Surprise Find ~ Day 143

I was walking down my deck steps this morning and heard something rustle in the leaves. I looked down and the photo is what I saw. I had my phone with me and I snapped it really quick. A baby rabbit! I see rabbits in my yard every day but never thought about babies. It is in the gutter pipe of the screen room. I slowly reached down and touched his nose slightly and he scooted away, back into the pipe. But there is not much space where he is, so there is no way he could get stuck. Of course I will keep a check on him. I just wonder if there is only one or are there more? Don’t rabbits usually have more than one at a time?

I wondered so I researched…. “Rabbits have 3-5 litters of 6-12 babies annually. Half will die due to disease, predators and Mama’s rejection of sick ones. Gestation period is 28 days, so technically, one healthy Mama can produce about 80 surviving babies annually. January through June are the most reproductive periods. Then, each of those female “babies” reproduce at 4 months of age, adding about 80 more babies each year.”

Now we know. I just hope this is not a rejected baby. Most animals do this, I have seen bluebirds leave a sick one in the box. Very sad but it is nature.

Photo Β©CarolDM2018

365 Photos Challenge and I am on Day 143 

  • Have you seen a baby rabbit?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did you know the sick babies are rejected?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by Carol DM

Enjoy nature photography. Amateur self-taught photographer and love every minute of the photos from my yard and Dustin's garden. Sunset views from my deck are very peaceful to watch, capture and share. I have two cats, Brendel and the Dude. I share both special and funny moments I capture of them with you.

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  1. This adorable photo should lift everyone’s mood. Once I found a rejected baby rabbit and i took care of it for days. Al of a sudden it started shaking and I took it to the vet and he said it had an anerism in the brain. I tried!

  2. What a cutie pie this little rabbit is. Yes, keep an eye and an ear out and let us know how he or she and his siblings are doing. My cat Runt often follows hares, rabbits, quails, and even skunks just out of curiosity but never as a predator. But when it comes to birds (sorry to tell you that) he becomes possessed and transforms into a total predator and hunter.

        • My cat talks to birds also, but only when he is indoor and they taunt him across the window pane. It is very funny to hear that almost sounding sound of “cri-cri” coming out of his mouth. Runt is an indoor and outdoor cat. I am really not too pleased that he goes outside, what with cars on the streets, kids, dogs and other cats of course. But at least he is neutered so he does not go in a lust rage against other male cats and he certainly does not impregnate females and bringing more homeless cats in the world.

          • It is so funny to listen to them and depending on the bird, they talk in a different tone! Good for you for keeping the amount of homeless cats down.

  3. It’s very nice to have a new life in your house. He is very shy. We were very small years ago. It was during the birth that the mother ate the little ones. But I do not know the cause today. I have to be interested.

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