A mother rabbit may eat her babies because something has frightened her or because she is skittish and confused. She may also be suffering from a dietary deficiency.
A person can find a baby rabbit available for adoption by searching through the rabbits on Petfinder or by visiting a rabbit rescue group, such as the House Rabbit Society. Rabbits make great pets for people who do not mind digging or chewing habits and love to watch their pets interact with the wor
People feeding baby rabbits do need to be trained on proper technique and schedule. Many baby rabbits die from inexperienced people trying to feed them and injuring or overfeeding them.
Rabbits can live between five and 15 years. The lifespan of a rabbit depends on a number of factors, including its breed, the environment in which it lives, and weather conditions.
Rabbits live on all continents, except Antarctica. They are most prominent in North America, with approximately 50 percent of the entire population living there.
In most states, it is not legal to keep a wild rabbit as a pet. Even if a baby rabbit is orphaned, it is better off in the hands of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, notes House Rabbit Connection.
Rabbits can have anywhere from one to 14 babies, also called kits, in one litter. An average litter size is six. Hereditary and environmental factors play a role in the number of kits born in a litter.
Mother rabbits feed their babies twice per day. They typically feed them in the morning and in the evening, usually taking no more than five minutes for each feeding.
When moving at top speed, rabbits can run at 18 to 20 mph. Jackrabbits, which are technically hares, can run at 35 to 45 mph. The gray fox, a common predator of rabbits, can run at up to 42 mph.
Rabbits generally hop using a gallop-style gait, during which the back paws land together in pairs forward of and outside of the front paws. They use this gait whether they are moving quickly or slowly. Rabbits will also walk when carefully exploring a new area.