Update: The babies have all been altered now, and are ready to be well-loved members of caring families. Call Robin at Berra Rabbits for more information (831-663-1352).
These oh-so-cute boys are three of the five babies now at Salinas Animal Services. They came in as newborns, brought in by a family who found them and thought their mother had abandoned them. Mother rabbits do not stay with their babies; they only come to the nest once or twice a day to feed them. Berra Rabbits kindly put the tiny kits with one of their lactating mom rabbits, and now they have grown to be the heart stealers you see here!
The shelter needs donations for spaying and neutering these youngsters. If you can help, please contact the shelter.
Please note that these are not wild rabbits, though they were born outside. Their parents were domestic rabbits who were left outside to fend for themselves, and were lucky to have survived long enough to reproduce, in part because their coloring is similar to that of our local wild brush bunnies and blends in with the native vegetation. Bunnies usually do not live long when “set free”, whether in urban or rural areas. They fall prey to cars, dogs, hawks, raccoons, disease, parasites, or just plain starve to death. The ones who are fortunate and find constant sources of food and water in relative safety set up feral colonies, which displace native wildlife, attract predators such as coyotes, and are often a nuisance to humans because of digging, raiding of gardens, and running in front of cars.
Please do not even consider abandoning a domestic animal outside to live, or, more likely, die! If you cannot rehome your pet yourself, take her to your local animal shelter (the SPCA of Monterey County accepts owner surrenders for a small fee). This article from House Rabbit Society has tips on finding a good home for your bunny.
Domestic animals, including rabbits, require our ongoing care to live out the healthy, happy lives they deserve. Please only add pets to your family when you can realistically provide them with the appropriate food, shelter, attention, exercise, vet care, and necessary behavioral training they need for their particular species, breed, and individual personalities. Having pets should be a joy for everyone involved- including the animal!