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#1 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:25 AM

So it's 2am here in WA and DH just came in and told me he has found a baby rabbit.

He heard screaming so went outside to check and the neighbour's cat had something in its mouth. DH managed to retrieve it and it is a baby rabbit. It's tiny, about the size of an avocado. It has no blood on it so I'm assuming DH got to it before the cat was able to do any serious damage, it's ear looks a bit floppy though sad.gif

It's a public holiday today so I'm not sure if there are any vets open.

It is in the spare room, in a box (safely away from our 6 cats). We have given it some spinach and fruit.

How do we care for it in the mean time? Will the vet put it down because it's a pest? Rabbits are allowed as pets in WA but we don't want it to be put down automatically? I hope it doesn't climb out of the box! Maybe we should have put it in a cat cage.

Edited by Sunnycat, 29 January 2013 - 10:36 PM.

#2 Berndt Tőst

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:25 AM

If it's a wild rabbit, it won't survive unless you let it go. It will die of shock. My kids have caught baby rabbits and unfortunately they died sad.gif  even though they weren't injured.
The best thing to do is honestly to let it go.

#3 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:27 AM

sad.gif so sad.

I'll see if it has survived the morning. I have contacted one of the rabbit rescuer organizations here in WA to seek further advice. Poor little thing.

#4 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

It is still alive this morning. We have no idea what to do with it sad.gif

#5 Tobias'smum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

There is emergency vet care in osborne park (if you google them you an get the number) they may be able to give advise

#6 FeralBee

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

Look up emergency vets in your area - Murdoch Uni has one but there are others around. They'll be open today.

Otherwise, maybe look up info on hand rearing baby rabbits to see what you can feed the little one. It will need to be checked over by a vet soon to make sure it doesn't have any diseases.

If you plan to keep it as a domestic pet, desexed, then I don't see it being an issue, but I'm not an expert there.

#7 Mama8

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

A pic might help determined if its a wild bun or a pet bun

#8 2puzzled

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

keep it in a covered box with some water and some vegetables and surrender it to any vet at the earliest chance. it is likely they will euthanise it because it is a pest species, but it will be treated humanely in any case.

#9 Jjbeanz

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

Does it have fur and are the eyes open?

#10 lonelygoatherd

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

There's also the 24 hour Balcatta vet, they will be able to help.

Edited by lonelygoatherd, 28 January 2013 - 10:53 AM.

#11 Eileithyia

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

Not sure what to do being a public holiday, I understand you have cats so probably don't plan to keep it. Wild rabbits are prohibited as pets, so hopefully a wild animal shelter may be able to help. A friend of mine however had the same thing happen and they kept the wild rabbit, it is doing well.

There is a native animal rescue shelter in Malaga ( I took a bobtail my dog attacked in my garden there). They release them back into secure areas.


someone is probably there today looking after the animals.

Edited by At-Your-Cervix, 28 January 2013 - 11:26 AM.

#12 weepingangel

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

There are several organisations that care for rabbits in Perth.

Rabbit rescue

EMAIL : info@rabbitrescue.org.au
WEBSITE : www.rabbitrescue.org.au
PHONE : 0411 898 346

SAFE Perth:

Email:  info@safeperth.com.au

Phone: 0437 870 245

Website:  http://www.safeperth.com.au

Being a baby, you need to get it assistance ASAP.

#13 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

I've contacted a woman from a rabbit organization and it is not a wild rabbit. She reckons it most likely is a pet that has escaped or a been dumped. It is 4-6 weeks old. Has fur and eyes are opened. I don't know how to post a pic but can email some to anyone who might know more about rabbits?

I'm going to go to City Farmers soon to get some supplies.

#14 weepingangel

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:40 AM

They need good quality pellets, hay and fresh water. Avoid too much fresh food at that age.

Are you going to keep him/her? original.gif

If you email me a pic i may be able to help original.gif

Edited by pukeko~ponga~tree, 28 January 2013 - 11:42 AM.

#15 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

I would keep it but we have 6 indoor cats so I don't think we'll be able to.

Im happy to hang on to it for as long as possible until we can find it a home though.

#16 unicorn

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

QUOTE (At-Your-Cervix @ 28/01/2013, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not sure what to do being a public holiday, I understand you have cats so probably don't plan to keep it. Wild rabbits are prohibited as pets, so hopefully a wild animal shelter may be able to help. A friend of mine however had the same thing happen and they kept the wild rabbit, it is doing well.

There is a native animal rescue shelter in Malaga ( I took a bobtail my dog attacked in my garden there). They release them back into secure areas.


someone is probably there today looking after the animals.

Native animal careers have an obligation to euth, they are a feral species.
If it is a pet OP, maybe contacting a rabbit rescue would be your best bet. Do you ok now your neighbours that well, it might belong to someone in the vicinity.

#17 butterflydreaming

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

we have a spare rabbit hutch and may be able to take it off your hands if its a pet and not a wild one, we are in nollamara.

#18 Therese

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

I hope you can find it a home. It's really lovely that you and your DH saved it original.gif

#19 greatwon2

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

Ask the neighbors if anyone's missing a rabbit , Chances are if its not wild that the cats nabbed it out of a cage somewhere.

Like a pp said , if its a wild rabbit the kindest thing for it is to let it go ...i think most vets will put them to sleep and they are often diseased or have ticks

#20 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

I'll go knocking a bit later on. The rabbit has eaten and is having a sleep. It's sooooo cute. Rabbit rescue believe its either a pet that has escaped or a dumped baby.

So thankful that DH was able to rescue it. It's a sweetheart.

#21 jaismum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

Nawwwww. I wish I had a hutch etc, I'd love a rabbit.

#22 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

I'm not sure how to posts pic from the iPad. But I will post some when I figure it out. original.gif

It's so lovely and has been eating and drinking and sleeping.

So far no luck with the door knocking. I think we will keep it a bit longer and look out for any fliers and then in a week or so rehome it from there.

#23 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

Unfortunately the bunny took a turn for the worst this evening. We took it to the Vet but he died there from pneumonia.

We are gutted. It was going to go to a lovely home on the weekend but sadly it wasn't to be.

I know it's stupid to get upset over a rabbit we found in the backyard and only had for two days but it was such a lovely little bunny, I really wish he could have made it sad.gif

#24 ani1

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:44 PM

Awww that's so sad. You did all you could original.gif

#25 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:08 AM

Poor bunny. sad.gif

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