Raising Rescued Baby Jackrabbit

Susan has been very busy with many young critters arriving at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah! This young jackrabbit came from a construction area. With so much activity around, there really wasn’t a safe place for the young one.

Young Jackrabbits are extremely problematic to raise and take much diligence, experience and knowledge to properly attend to. Susan was up all hours making sure everything was just right.

If you find a young rabbit or any other critter, please do not try to raise it yourself. It is best to contact a local rehabber, fish & game or the non-emergency police line.

Rescued Young Chipmunks

These young chipmunks arrived on May24th. They were very, very weak and dehydrated. They had been found just outside of their nest, with no mother around. After realizing how difficult it is to care for such young critters, the rescuers brought them to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah. Susan began around the clock care with a special formula thinned down to get plenty of electrolytes into them. After initial struggles to get them to take the formula, they began perking up and eating more. Feedings were every three hours while closely monitoring their weight.

Three Very Young Bunnies

Three very young bunnies were brought into the Southwest Wildlife Foundation on April 9th. They were only six days old. They had been dug up by a construction crew in St. George. Special thanks to Amanda Bundy for taking the time to save them and drive them up to Cedar City.

Of the three babies, we lost one the first night when they became overheated. Proper temperature is really difficult – just a few degrees too high or too low can cost a baby its life. The smallest of the litter did not survive either as we were unable to get the small one to eat enough.

The last one, the sole survivor, open its eyes and seemed to learn to eat well from the Miracle Nipple. One of our assistant wildlife rehabilitators, KayAnne, took over to give Susan a break. As shown in this video, things looked to be going really great, however, this one too, did not survive. Raising bunnies from a such a young age is very difficult.