When Mandy went outside one day, she discovered a wild baby bunny cowering against a corner of her house. “Since he didn’t have a mom, I knew that I would have to act as his mom,” said Mandy.
Mandy had rescued rabbits before, so she felt confident she could give the adorable baby bunny the home he needed to get stronger and eventually venture back into the wild.
But first, she had to get food for the baby. Mandy concocted a milk formula and started the process of teaching the baby bunny to drink milk from a syringe.
To keep track of the baby bunny’s progress, Mandy weighed the little one on a scale. “He barely weighed enough to even register,” said Mandy. But after some time, the bunny started to double in weight every day.
“He was getting bigger and stronger,” said Mandy. Once Mandy was confident she no longer needed to support the bunny, she and her husband built a playpen for the bunny using a child’s pool.
The play area was essential for the process of preparing the bunny for life outside of the home. “He could really exercise and stretch those big, strong back legs,” said Mandy.
After four weeks of living with Mandy and her husband, the bunny was ready to take the next big step. Mandy and her husband made an enclosure outdoors for the baby bunny, so the little one could choose an outdoor life or be sheltered in “his little hutch.”