Six pack

Alertly pointed out by E. Collison (who has been appointed up a rank in the Cute Army® for her work in photo submissions) a blog called “Sara’s Spot” recently reported a backyard bunny nest. Thankfully, Sara’s pup “Cricket” did not make buns d’oeuvres out of these little guys. Click to see them scampering around and growing up.17157513_b83c8d335117715831_78b7c254c3Cheers!

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  1. Darrellyn says:

    Awwww! Adorable!

  2. awww how cute

  3. Very adorable.

    But…

    They should really leave the babies alone!

  4. aren’t they not supposed to touch the bunny? because mama won’t take care of them?

    don’t get me wrong. i love me some tiny bunnies. but i am not as much of a fan of cute-tiny-bunnies-that-died-because-people-touched-them. :(

  5. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Oh noes, is that true?! I hope the babies will still be taken care of…:( :o

  6. Nyteflame says:

    Blames: Thats a myth invented to keep kids from handeling and possibly hurting a baby bunny. Mother rabbits are much more devoted then that. They wont give up the little ones just because someone has touched them. They may however feel the need to move the nest.

    Also, little furry creatures like that have tiny hearts, it is easy to give one a heart attack, so you should be careful.

  7. Generally, rabbits don’t reject their babies because someone touched them. My bun had babies and I held them that same day, and they’re ok!

  8. okay. i feel better. and more able to fully appreciate the cuteness of the teenytiny buns.

  9. oooooooooch!
    that lil’ tail…
    I want a lil’ tail!

  10. ok good!…*that the bunnies wont be abandoned :)* :P

  11. Captain Scrungebucket says:

    Reminds me of something:

    All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful:
    The Lord God made them all.

  12. According to the House Rabbit Society, they shouldn’t be messing with the babies.
    http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/orphan.html

    Handling a PET rabbit’s babies the day after birth is WAY different than handling a WILD rabit’s offspring.

    Though TERRIBLY cute, they should STOP messing with the babies. And yes bunnies have tiny little hearts that can be given heart attacks (my first bunny died of a heart attack after my father’s dog chased it around the yard).

  13. WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHEEEEEEEEEEE..tee hee (sigh) ….(clears throat) ahem, (chortle) …(cough) sigh.
    very cute…

  14. Sigh. If you would read the person’s blog about the bunnies… that one jumped out of the nest and they only picked it up when they were afraid a dog or something would eat it. The mother rabbit did indeed return to the nest the next day.

  15. Jeff_from_MD says:

    Judy, the link you gave discourages “raising” wild baby bunnies. It doesn’t say “handling” a wild baby bunny has any effect whatsoever.

    And yes, it’s just a myth that you can’t touch a wild bunny. As far as I know, only birds will abandon their young from human touch, but even that I still have to look into.

  16. OMG UGHHHHHHH THANK HEAVEN FOR THIS WEBSITE! AND FOR THOSE CUTE LIL BUNCHES OF BUN!

  17. oh wittle baby wabbit

  18. Ok so maybe you’re not supposed to *raise* them or *handle* them, but what about kissing them? Does that website say anything about finding wild bunnies and kissing them? Will that induce heart failure?

  19. Awwwwwwwww! How cute! I have two bunnies, Rosie and Rida.

  20. Hi there, this is Sara, the one who took the pictures of the baby bunnies.

    I can assure you, they grew up just fine. Shortly after these pics were taken, they all got much bigger and scattered from the nest. A couple of them lingered a little longer, but by then they were skittish around people (a good thing) and hard to photograph. Occasionally I thought I spotted adolescent bunnies in the neighborhood, but the places is overrun with rabbits, so who knows if they were the same ones.

    For the most part, we really did try to leave them alone. Especially when they were really small. I never would have known they were there if my dog hadn’t tried to dig them up in the first place!

    The whole time they were there, I think we saw the mother bunny just once, and this was AFTER the handling shown in the pictures…she didn’t reject them (I believe this is in the same post linked to here).

    We had another nest of bunnies show up in our yard in late summer/early fall (WHY are mother bunnies so stupid as to build nests in a yard that smells like dogs?). I didn’t get as many pictures that time, but it was the same basic pattern — they were there a few weeks, then one by one they started to leave.

    Thanks for the link! I’ve never had this much traffic in my life.

  21. Absotively cute. cuteness captured in nature is the most pure form…

    Thanks for this site, I visit daily for my cuteness RDA (I’m working on the pyramid)

    From my experience in the wildlife rehab center in TN – we had to send the baby bunnies back to the wild within a day or two of opening their eyes, otherwise they literally freaked out to death. so that explains the scattering off.

    And sometimes we think “rejection” by mom was due to human handling when actually humans found a sick baby animal that was already rejected by mom – nature’s way, you know…

    You can touch baby birds, too… much appreciated when doing so will move them to a safer location. A bird’s sense of smell isn’t really that great.

    Spring is just around the corner! Lots of baby cuteness on the way!!! Save the cuteness!

  22. yay Sara!

  23. x) Ya! Yay sara =) they still so cute….*drool* >_<

  24. i like lane’s attitude, SAVE THE CUTENESS, SAVE THE CUTENESS….

  25. ellepenguin says:

    um, i had bunnies when i was a kid and we couldn’t resist playing with the babies. everyday there would be one baby bunny less. my mom told us that feral cats ate them. but they were locked in a hutch. in reality what happened was mama killed them because they smelled strange. let’s pop the disney myth, animals are animals–not cutesy fuzzy harmless mini-playthings. don’t pet bears and don’t swim with sea lions, lest you get mauled and be another clip on America’s Unfunny Home Videos.

  26. Bear in mind, hutches–and captivity in general–totally mess with wild animal behaviors and instincts. Zoos put a lot of effort & research into making it work. So I wouldn’t be too quick to pin a mother hutch-rabbit’s infanticide solely upon somebody picking up Baby Bun Bun. I think it would kinda depend on how much stress Mama was dealing with overall. (Release that guilt! You are forgiven!)

  27. ellepenguin – I can assure you, in the case of the bunnies we had in the backyard, the mother rabbit did not harm them. She came, she fed them, and she left. I rarely saw her while she was there, but did see her dashing away a few times, AFTER the handling shown in the pictures. All were still accounted for afterward – no infanticide here.

    Then the bunnies got bigger, scattered around the yard, and one by one disappeared into the wilds of suburbia.

    There is an enormous difference (I think) between taking a picture of a baby bunny and doing something as foolish as petting a bear. The only bear pictures I’ll ever get will be with a telephoto lens!

  28. E. Collison says:

    What can I say? I found these pics via Google and was enchanted – but then, the very 1st post I saw on this blog was the cookie-stealing bunny. It stole my heart, as did these little ones.

    Thanks, Sara and Meg!

  29. Yes I agree, save the cuteness. I have rabbits and birds too. I have handled the babies of both and never had a problem with the parents rejecting them. Usually when animals reject their young, chances are something is wrong with the baby. That’s the way nature works. Animals won’t waste their time on a baby that will not do well if it survives.

  30. i am so not commenting on what my cat did when he found one of these nests….

  31. Well based on what I read here this just seems to be something that varies, and isn’t a given…. and it is great to know that these bunnies grew up ok as far as we know…. But I used to riase rabbits and one time we had to touch a baby out of necesity and the mother ended up stomping it to death. It was also a runt though and I think mother rabbits sometimes also know the rabbit isn’t likely to survive on its own anyway…

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