NOTE: We give the mother every opportunity to raise her babies. We encourage reuniting before rescuing. If you have questions, call Greenwood Wildlife (303) 823-8455
Rabbits make their nests in shallow depressions in the grass. The nest is lined with fur and loosely covered with grass. The mothers only visit the nest twice a day (early morning and dusk) to feed the babies, thus reducing the chances of attracting predators to the nest.
If you are concerned that the babies might be orphaned:
1. Visual check that the babies are not injured and that bellies are full of milk.
2. To determine whether the mother is still caring for her babies, place sticks in a Tic-Tac-Toe formation on top of the nest, wait until the next day, and look to see if the sticks have been disturbed.
Rule of thumb: if you can easily pick up an eyes-open wild rabbit, it probably needs help.
If the rabbit is showing signs of injury, or the mother has not returned, please call Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at (303) 823-8455 to discuss what you observe and to decide with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator if the animal you see needs help.
If you determine that an animal needs to be brought to our facility, please follow these instructions for capturing and transporting animals.
If you can easily pick up the rabbit, it probably needs help. Call Greenwood Wildlife (303) 823-8455.