Hares, pikas, and rabbits (aka Lagomorphs)

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For the last few days our dog has been paying very close attention to the ground in his pen. We thought he had located a mole. Today he had something in his mouth that was squeaking pretty loudly. I though he had the mole, but it turned out to be a baby bunny. Closer inspection revealed a nest with five siblings. What kind of stupid rabbit has a litter in a dog run?

She was bleeding by her shoulder. The wound was superficial, so we cleaned her up and moved their nest where mom can find them just outside the dog run, on the advice of a rabbit rescue.

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Sad to report all but one have died. We removed them from the nest yesterday morning. It is clear to us now Mom had abandoned them before we knew they were there. She probably met up with the dog at some point, or maybe he chased her out the first morning after they were born. All but one were cold and lethargic when we removed them yesterday. My daughter put them on a heat mat made for animals and bought some 'kitten's milk' formula. They all did take some food, but only one to any degree of sustenance. That one seems to be doing well and is becoming active. It will try to nest in her hair after it eats and crawls around. Eyes are not yet open. If we can get it to the point of eating greens and carrots we'll turn it loose in a local nature area. According to the rabbit rescue place they don't really form attachments and don't need to be acclimated.
 
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For the last few days our dog has been paying very close attention to the ground in his pen. We thought he had located a mole. Today he had something in his mouth that was squeaking pretty loudly. I though he had the mole, but it turned out to be a baby bunny. Closer inspection revealed a nest with five siblings. What kind of stupid rabbit has a litter in a dog run?

She was bleeding by her shoulder. The wound was superficial, so we cleaned her up and moved their nest where mom can find them just outside the dog run, on the advice of a rabbit rescue.

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Monday Morning Edit:
Sad to report all but one have died. We removed them from the nest yesterday morning. It is clear to us now Mom had abandoned them before we knew they were there. She probably met up with the dog at some point, or maybe he chased her out the first morning after they were born. All but one were cold and lethargic when we removed them yesterday. My daughter put them on a heat mat made for animals and bought some 'kitten's milk' formula. They all did take some food, but only one to any degree of sustenance. That one seems to be doing well and is becoming active. It will try to nest in her hair after it eats and crawls around. Eyes are not yet open. If we can get it to the point of eating greens and carrots we'll turn it loose in a local nature area. According to the rabbit rescue place they don't really form attachments and don't need to be acclimated.
What happened to the one that remained?

At our last house, we had what we called “dumb bunnies” because they kept nesting in the lawn where our dog spent most of her day. She got bunny snacks every summer, sadly. Usually 2-3 nests per summer. Baby bunnies have quite an alarm cry! :(
 
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What happened to the one that remained?

At our last house, we had what we called “dumb bunnies” because they kept nesting in the lawn where our dog spent most of her day. She got bunny snacks every summer, sadly. Usually 2-3 nests per summer. Baby bunnies have quite an alarm cry! :(
It died. She must have abandoned them well before we knew they were there. They were dehydrated and none of them ever urinated.

Worse yet, a second litter was discovered last week. This time four of them. She did the exact same thing, and we had the exact same result. The main difference being that this time we got them to eat and pee. Things went well for several days, then one by one they died. I wish she'd find a different place to nest.
 

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