Baby Bunny, oh dear
I saw my collie b!tch carrying something around in the yard this morning, I'd just let them out after a big rainstorm. My collies are tried and true farm dogs, they herd, hunt, and guard, but when it comes to baby animals of any kind, my girls go all super-maternal as can be. I retrieved what she was carrying, it was a tiny baby bunny. I know there's a nest around somewhere because my barn cats have been strutting and leaving me baby bunny feet as proof of their hunting prowess (Ew). I searched around in the tall grass areas of my property, but cannot locate the nest. This baby is well too small to be away from mama, eyes are still closed, ears down still, so it's less than 10 days old, the nursing blaze is obvious as can be, so she can't be weaned yet. She was freezing cold from the downpour this morning, so I brought her in, got out the old box with the heating pad etc. I've rehabbed a lot of wild babies over the years, but never had great luck with bunnies, they just rarely seem to make it past the initial shock for me, and especially because she got so cold. I called the local DNR rehabbers, but nobody has the ability to take another one on right now. Early spring and orphans abound and all that. Since most of them know me, they are pretty inclined to just leave it to me. Great.
Ah well, I'll give it a go again anyways, I suppose. I have her upstairs in a box with a heating pad and wrapped in warm dishtowels to try to bring her body temp up. If she seems more lively after she is warm, I'll heat her up some esbilac. Well wishes are appreciated, although I'm kind of pessimistic about it.