Got Bunnies? Seems Like More Rabbits In Ocean County This Fall
This fall I have noticed more rabbits not only around my property but also around our neighborhood. The bunny pictured above is a “backyard friend” and just one of the bunnies who is a regular at our home.
So have you seen an increase in rabbits?
“It’s not uncommon for people to abandon pet rabbits outdoors, and domestic rabbits do need our help. Domestic rabbits look a bit different from wild rabbits. Most wild rabbits in The United States are cottontails, who are brown with white tails. Domestic rabbits vary in size from 2 lbs. to over 20 lbs. (though most will be around 5 lbs.). They have ears that stand up, hang down, or are stuck in the middle. And, most notably, their coats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, from pure albino white to jet black, with plenty of browns and grays in between; their patterns may be striped, spotted, or more unusual.“ ~ Humane Society
April and I have never had a pet rabbit, but we do have a lot of wild bunnies running about our yard and sometimes we have 3 or 4 rabbits running around at a time.
As with most wild animals try not to disturb and/or touch. Especially with “baby” wild rabbits. According to the Humane Society usually, Mom feeds babies at dawn and dusk, so don’t think they are abandoned. Baby rabbits leave the nest when they're 3 weeks old and about the size of a chipmunk.
If you have pics of wild rabbits in your neighborhood please share with us and your stories. All the photos I used in this article are from my own photo collection and all were rabbits right here on our property, so as you can see .... we’ve seen a few bunnies.