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Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Keep your Eyes Open for CottonTail Nests by WildLife Welfare... March's COTM

nominated by Veronica of ScrappyRat
Story & Photos by WildLife Welfare


Before you mow your lawn or spray fertilizers or chemicals you walk the area to look for rabbits' nests. Rabbits nest in the middle of lawns--not because they are dumb, but because predators hunt the edges where there is cover. The nests are very shallow and often filled with the mother's fur. 

If you do find a nest, do not disturb it.  Instead mark it in such a way that it will not be disturbed by tractors or chemicals. Simply cover it with a laundry basket while you mow, and remove the basket after. The babies won't be startled and run into the mower and you can mow that patch after they leave the nest, in about 3 weeks.

We often receive calls from worried individuals when they do not see the mother; however, mother cottontails are usually only present at the nest at dawn and dusk.

If you find a nest that has been disturbed by a dog, cat or children and the babies are not visibly injured, place everything back within the nest and make an "X" with twigs over the top. If the "X" has not been disturbed the next morning, the mother has not returned and a permitted rehabilitator should be called. 

If the babies look injured, are covered in ants or other bugs, or the nest has been disturbed by a cat, please call a rehabber immediately. Domestic cat saliva is unfortunately fatal to NC wildlife, and so any contact with a cat's mouth will require antibiotics.


  1. We have 2 bunnies that live up the hill behind our house. I nicknamed them Elwood and Harvey (after the Jimmy Stewart movie) but I'm mostly sure it should have been Elwood and "Harvetta". *laugh* Thanks for the handy info!

  2. This is such an important issue. When we returned from vacation one year, the lawn had grown up a bit, and we realized there was a bunny nest in the middle of the front yard. We waited until the bunnies got old enough to leave and then filled in the hole and grassed over it. It's so easy for the babies to get injured or killed by a lawn mower.

  3. What a great charity and article. Those bunnies are SO cute! Thanks!


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