I guess it's that time of the year when all of the Oklahoma social media groups are filled with "I found some baby bunny rabbits in my yard" posts. I can't remember which group I was in, but I saw one of them today.

People often want to know what they can do to help these cute little balls of fur, and the answer is nothing. Doing nothing is the best thing you can do for them. I'll explain.

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It's not uncommon to be mowing or raking your lawn only to discover a little hole with a couple of baby buns in it. They are adorable, and our instinct is to think "Where are the parents? Why are they alone?" It all goes back to how nature works.


Since the dawn of time, I'm sure we humans have had it pretty good. Born completely helpless and surrounded by a guardian day and night.

That's totally normal for us, but extremely rare in the wild.

Rabbits share the type of upbringing that most prey animals have. Take the deer for instance. A fawn spends most of its day alone, laying completely still awaiting the return of the mother deer to feed it after she's had her fill of food. After all, if the mother starves, the offspring starves.

Rabbits are exactly the same. In fact, it would be even more weird to find a rabbit den with the mother in it.


As a general trait of humans, our little heartstrings get pulled seeing something so cute and defenseless, so we want to help. The trouble is that helping baby rabbits harms baby rabbits.

If your kid finds a den and picks one up to show you, chill out. The myth that you shouldn't handle a baby rabbit because the mother rabbit will abandon it due to your grotesque human smell is just that... A myth. Just put the baby bunny back wherever it was found and let nature take care of itself.

Also, that doesn't mean you have free reign to pick up and handle these little furballs either. Be a good steward of the nature around you, they should be left alone. Odds are the den was covered with a plug of grass, do the same, otherwise, you're just feeding the predators in your neighborhood... cats, dogs, birds, snakes, etc...

Is it cruel? No. Nature has survived millennia without you, it will survive millennia after you. The best thing you can do for nature is to not impede how it takes place beyond yourself. Even if you've hit the little tyke with the lawnmower, it's best to let nature take its course and leave it as a meal for another critter.

It may seem cold and cruel, but that only means you're a caring person... but also, nature is brutal and there's no changing that.

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