CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) (baby)
offspring are known as “kits”
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