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Old May 3rd, 2004, 07:30 AM
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Urgent!!!!

Anyone know anything about hand raising orphaned baby rabbits?!
The mother is usually a great mom, but this time she decided to let all her babies die. This is the last one, and we are trying to save it. I have read that using kitten milk replacer to feed them works pretty well. Do you have to use a wet cotten ball like with kittens and help them go to the washroom??? I would appreciate any and ALL information. We've never had an orphan before!!
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 07:33 AM
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Anyone know anything about hand raising orphaned baby rabbits?!
The mother is usually a great mom, but this time she decided to let all her babies die. This is the last one, and we are trying to save it. I have read that using kitten milk replacer to feed them works pretty well. Do you have to use a wet cotten ball like with kittens and help them go to the washroom??? I would appreciate any and ALL information. We've never had an orphan before!!
Never had orphan rabbits either, but have had kittens... I would try the kitten milk replacer... or maybe see if your moma cat would accept the little bunny... could happen... worth a try anyway.
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 07:41 AM
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Never had orphan rabbits either, but have had kittens... I would try the kitten milk replacer... or maybe see if your moma cat would accept the little bunny... could happen... worth a try anyway.
I don't think she would, as she was terrified of the rabbits when she saw them.. But I will give it a try later once he is warmed up. He got very chilled over night, and I have him on a warm gel pack to try and warm him up... Any suggestions or tips are VERY welcome!!! Thanks!!
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 08:36 AM
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Do you have a Wildlife Rescue in your area that you can call?

If so,call them and ask what you can do...

It's funny cause one of the girls at my pet store found one...Actually her bf did..It was found on a construction site....It was about 3 weeks old.She was just telling me this the other day....Not sure how she is raising it....But I did mentioned calling Wildlife Rescue and see if they can help.
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 09:20 AM
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Mona, I don't know of any wildlife rescue places in the area. This is not a wild bunny either. It is a pet. But I don't know of any that I could try anyway?! He is making funny noises now, he is looking like he has the hiccups?Can they get the hiccups?? Since I fed him he's been doing this a lot and was doing it a little before, and he's making a sneezing kinda noise with it..
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 09:51 AM
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Oh ok,I thought they were wild ones....

Here is a link...Maybe it will help....

http://www.wbvc.bc.ca/orphaned.htm
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 10:23 AM
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Thanks everyone!
I went out and bought him KMR, and just fed him about 1.5 ml. And then about 4 mls a half an hour later. I don't want to overdo it in case he hasn't had any milk in a while, and it looks as if he's dehydrated a little.... So I don't want his stomach to suddenly get a ton of food. I'll feed him a little more in a couple hours.
He is having little convulsions from the lack of food in his system I think, but they are getting less frequent since I fed him.
I forgot to mention in the first post as well that he is a little over a week old, born last Saturday night.
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 10:25 AM
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The Toronto Wildlife Centre would be more then happy to help offer advise.


I take all injured, abandoned and sick wild animals to them.

Pls give them a call, you will have to leave a message but they will get back to you to help. They're wonderful people, staffed by volunteers.


(416) 631 0662
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 11:26 AM
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Do they know much about domesticated baby bunnies? This one is not wild... We have his mother, but think she may have developed an infection(ie. mastitis) and that it killed the babies... Hopefully we can save this one!
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 11:31 AM
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Just remember as it is stated in the link,not to over feed.Feed in the AM and then again in the PM...

Also,call your vet.They may not be able to help you,but I'm sure they can refer you to someone since this is not a wild orphaned rabbit.

But I would also suggest you call the number Luba provided.I'm sure they can stear you in the right direction...
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 11:38 AM
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OH I'm sorry I didn't realise it was a domesticated bunny.

Your local humane society would probably be able to tell you best what to do or where to turn to!

You can also try here: http://www.ontariorabbits.org/
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