Keep the little one in a dry, dark and warm container away from domestic noises and domestic animals. Stress is the biggest killer.
DO NOTDO NOT
By following these easy instructions will insure the life of the leveret.
If you find a leveret (baby hare) in a grassy area that is not in any danger, please leave it where you fund it. DO NOT handle. They might look something like a rabbit, but they are a wild animal and stress is their number one killer.
DO NOTDO NOTASAP
They are not a domestic animal, pet or toy and they need specialist care to survive. If your cat or dog brought the leveret to you then time is of the essence!
The bacteria in the saliva from both can kill a leveret within 48 hours, if it does not receive medical treatment.
Be advised that hare do not make pets. Both male and female mark their territory by spraying urine They have an extreme amount of energy and can therefore never be caged like a rabbit. They need a specialised diet and if that is not provided, the hare will easily die from digestion problems.
Hares are not rabbits and are not considered a pest in Queensland.
To identify a leveret (baby hare) from a kit (baby rabbit)
At Hare Rescue we Rescue Raise & Release. Once the leveret reaches 1.5Kg we set them free back into the wild. Some times the girls want to be free before they reach that weight and that is very normal.
A female rabbit can have up to 16 kits in her womb with up to 16 eggs waiting to drop and gestation is from 27–30 days and 90% survive due in part to being born under ground in a warren.
A female hare will have a maximum of 4 per litter and this happens 4 times per year. Only 10% survive due in part to them being born in a form which is a scraping about 100mm deep normally in long grass. The mother only feeds the leverets during dusk and dawn, leaving the leverets by their selves rest of the time. The leverets are born with eyes open, fully furred, all their teeth and are ready to hop around. Within a week of birth they will disperse into separate hiding places so that predatory animals will not find the complete litter. At this stage they do not have any scent as to not attract a predator to their location.
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