Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) (baby)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) (baby)

offspring are known as “kits”

Learn: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/animals/mammal/syfl/all.html

Adult photo: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/eastern-cottontail-sylvilagus-floridanus-rabbit-2/

Learn more: http://www.naturalresources.msstate.edu/wildlife/eastern-cottontail-rabbit.asp

Once again one of my English Setter Dogs uncovered a bunny nest. The phrase “dumb bunny” comes to mind as there is 1/2-acre dog free zone in the yard where they could safely nest and yet, often they will set up shop in the 1/2-acre that is designated for the dogs. This time under the Florida native Sycamore tree.

While Tanner has been the culprit in the past, at age 14 he isn’t snooping around so much these days so younger brother Elliot (age 9ish) found the location and let’s just say he’ll have to be on a diet for a few days. 😦

A remaining baby is ok and mom has been back to tend the nest as evidenced by a fresh covering of fur to keep the baby warm. I put up some protective fencing and both dogs are under adult (well, my) supervision until the bunny can fend for him(her)self. I guess it is around 8-10 days old based on the timeline found here: http://www.melbournerabbitclinic.com/wordpress/?page_id=488

My take:

Hippity Hoppity
http://web.archive.org/web/20120409052222/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/hippity-hoppity.html

Take 2:
Munch Away!
http://web.archive.org/web/20110620001359/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/munch-away.html

Take 3:
Tragedy and Joy, Tale of a Cottontail
http://web.archive.org/web/20130929191442/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/tragedy-and-joy-tale-of-a-cottontail.html

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2 comments
  1. Oh, sweet little baby bunny! Maybe they nest close because you (and the dogs) keep other predators at bay – rabbits have so many predators. I am glad at least one is okay! So cute – until they eat the arugula ha ha.

    • Loret said:

      Surprisingly, the bunnies (and I have 10s of 10s never bother my “cash crops” although they munch away on the native plants next to the lettuce and other greens. I have never discovered the bunnies are nesting until one of the dogs uncovers. I’m always surprised that the dogs don’t find them earlier than they do. I suspect the snakes find them earlier than the dogs tho, because the broods always seems to be small. Thanks for stopping by Kathy. Always appreciate your input. 🙂

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