Raising the Neonatal Eastern Cottontail Rabbit For Wildlife Rehabilitators
Written by Peggy Hentz -Founder of Red Creek Wildlife Center
Eastern cottontail rabbits are the number one baby animal encountered by the public in many areas and the most frequently received animal at many wildlife rehabilitation centers. Historically, the success rate in raising baby cottontails is very low. The high mortality rate discourages and frustrates many rehabilitators, causing them to refuse bunnies or limit their intake.
Stress is often cited as the root cause of cottontail mortalities. Red Creek’s research confirms this but adds that the anxious personalities of many bunnies amplify the effects of stress. This manual reveals Red Creek Wildlife Center’s 2022 research which reveals a discovery that helps reduce anxiety in cottontails and increase success rates.
The manual includes step-by-step instructions for raising Eastern cottontail rabbits from birth through weaning and from receiving the initial emergency call through release.
On 12/5/22 -A recent fire destroyed Red Creek Wildlife Center. If you wish to make a donation to Red Creek Wildlife Center head to their website: https://redcreekwildlifecenter.com/1269-2/
or send a payable donation to:
Red Creek wildlife Center, Inc.
300 Moon Hill Dr
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972