CAUTION must be taken before picking up what looks like a baby rabbit out on its own, above ground, and at the edge of a field. It may not be a rabbit at all. It may be a leveret, a baby hare.
Hares leave their young alone for long periods of time, so please do not remove a leveret unless you are sure its mother is dead.
The above image shows a leveret at the top and a rabbit at the bottom. Would you know the difference?
Baby rabbits and hares are notoriously difficult to hand rear.
Details on hand rearing a leveret can be found below:-
There are a number of hare experts to give advice:-
Susan Sroka is a leveret expert at Moongazers
The Hare Preservation Trust
If you find a leveret and you know for sure it mother is dead, then you need to pass it to an expert. These orphans are incredibiliy difficult to hand rear and can suffer from bloat and diahorrea like you wouldn't belive.
This is not the type of orphan you hand to the lady down the street who occasionally takes in wild animals. If you do, it will die.
TIPS ON LEVERET REARING
1. Leverets need to be reared by one carer only.
2. That carer should wear the same clothes when feeding the leveret.
3. Leverets should not be exposed to any noise, such as children screaming or dogs barking.
4. Milk formula should not be changed. Stick with one formula
5. Hand the leveret to someone with experience
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.