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.
Most wild rabbits enjoy eating various herbs and grasses. They also eat their first passing of feces, known as cecotropes. These are passed again through the digestive system to extract as many nutrients as possible, then excreted as hard pellets.
Wild rabbits eat things such as lettuce, twigs, grass, herbs, clover, bark and buds. Rabbits also eat leafy weeds, and they search for fruit and crops to eat.
One female rabbit is capable of giving birth to between one and 14 baby rabbits, also known as kits or kittens, per litter. However, the average litter size consist of six babies.
The gestation period for rabbits is 29-35 days with 1-12 babies per litter; birthing can occur in as little as 10 minutes per litter. The short birthing cycle means a female rabbit can give birth to a new litter before she is finished weaning the previous litter.
Find free baby rabbits by visiting rabbit rescue groups classifieds through online websites or newspapers. Ads for free rabbits or discounted rabbits may also be visible in pet stores or veterinary offices.
Proper care of a rabbit requires providing suitable housing, time for exercise, a healthy diet, gentle handling and routine veterinary visits. Rabbits are delicate creatures but can make great pets.
Wild rabbits eat a variety of foods but the major component of their diet should always be grass. Grass helps keep wild rabbits' digestive tracts working. Twigs and hay also are healthy for wild rabbits.
A group of rabbits living in the wild is called a colony or nest. All rabbits, except cottontails, live underground in burrows, or rabbit holes. A group of burrows is called a warren. Cottontail rabbits live above ground in nests and usually do not live in groups.
Wild rabbits mostly eat grass, hay, wildflowers, clovers, weeds and garden and farm crops during summer and spring. They settle for twigs, barks, buds, conifer needles and greens in fall and winter. Rabbits, both the wild and domestic ones, re-ingest their own droppings to absorb nutrients from undi