In my backyard, there’s this wild bunny that has been sitting in the exact spot for 3 days now. I go out, she’s just sitting down looking at me. I’ve even gotten as close as 5 feet (150 cm) from her and she just stares at me. I’ve seen this one before and she runs off when I step outside.
I find this very peculiar and not sure what’s wrong with her. My wife says that nursing bunnies do that. I’m not sure if that is correct or not. So here are my questions:
- Is this normal and is she nursing? Or should I call someone to come check on her?
- If she is indeed nursing, is there anything I can do to help her out? We have a 6’ (180 cm) rat snake somewhere in our yard, a ~30 pound (~14 kg) possum, and a raccoon. I don’t want any of these other animals to hurt the bunny babies. Could I prevent this from happening or should I let nature run its course? Should I bring her water or food so she can eat and go back to her babies quickly?
- If she is nursing, should I stay away from her? She’s right next to my vegetable garden and I would need to go in there soon. Is that safe for me? Is it ok with her? Or should I just keep my distance for her and my safety?
I understand this isn’t a pet of mine, but people do have bunnies as pets and I love all the little animals (except the snake, I hate that thing) in my backyard. So I figured it might be a good spot for this question.
Here’s a photo of her, if you’re curious:
She’s not stuck or nursing. She’s just lazy and bold. She’s been moving around near us and eating the dandelions and destroying my vegetable garden. Here’s a pic: