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by Clellie Allen
WAKE FOREST — Carol Hailey was walking through her back yard when she spotted something different.
“Upon further inspection, I found a beautiful new family,” Hailey wrote.
Rehabilitators with the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham advise folks that if a nest of bunnies is found, or even just a single bunny, the best thing to do is to leave them alone.
According to their website, piedmontwildlifecenter.org, rabbits are skittish and won’t return to the nest if pets or people are near.
“Generally, the mother rabbit only visits the nest at night for a very brief period to feed her babies. If you are concerned about a nest being abandoned, place small sticks or a string in the letter “N” or “X” over the nest and leave it overnight.
“Check in the morning to see if the mother has disturbed the pattern,” they advise.
If the nest is undisturbed call WildNet, 919-572-9453, or a local wildlife rehabilitator for help.