Happy Friday – Bunny Not Mouse

Today is a happy Friday.  Yesterday was a fretful Thursday, in which I spent most of the day worried that we might have a mouse in the house after seeing some tiny droppings in the corner while emptying Kitty PoP’s litter box that morning.   But at 4:45 this morning, when Kitty PoP and I got up and walked out to the living room and I turned the light on, we both saw the furry culprit at the same time, fleeing as fast as it could across the living room floor.

Bunny, not mouse!

Quick!  Pick up the cat that is now starting to sprint across the room!  Lock him in another bedroom!  Follow the baby bunny and find him underneath one of the big pieces of furniture in the construction zone that is currently in our bedroom.  *Sigh*

Baby bunny!  Everybody saw awwwwww!  (Okay, so the internet says technically it’s an adolescent cottontail, probably about a month old.)

See fluff and whiskers on the left side - that's a baby bunny...

See fluff and whiskers on the left side – that’s a baby bunny…

I tried to move the big piece of furniture it was under and succeeded moving it and inch or two, but then the bunny fled and I didn’t see where he went.  So now there’s a bunny in an unknown location (my guess is still the bedroom since there are a good number of places to hide there at the moment) in the house.

In hindsight, it probably came in the house via the door between the kitchen and the garage, which I realized I left open for a few hours Tuesday or Wednesday night.

We had a similarly aged bunny in the front yard, cowering next to The Tree last weekend.  (We must have a burrow nearby.)  At the time, I joked with Mr PoP that I wanted to save it and keep it (which the internet again says is a very bad idea).  But now that bunny (or likely one of its siblings) is in our house.

While I would love to take this as a sign that the bunny has chosen us as its new bunny parents, I don’t want to wake up one morning to find that Kitty PoP’s killer instincts (and boy does he have them) have finally been able to be used on something bigger than a lizard.

So, please – help me out.  What do I do here?  I want the bunny out of the house, but I want the bunny unharmed.  And I have to leave for work soon.

I’ll be locking Kitty PoP in one of the bathrooms for the day (sorry buddy…), and leaving out a plate with some water and a little pile of grass since the little guy has to be getting hungry and dehydrated by now having been in here since at least Wednesday evening (maybe even Tuesday, I can’t remember which night I left the door open).

Do I try and track down humane traps?  Will they work on a bunny this small?  He’s not much bigger than my fist (and I have pretty small hands), and I’m betting most of that is fur.

So while I’m definitely having a Happy Friday since a baby bunny is 1,000x more preferable to a mouse in the house… the situation isn’t one for the long term either.


Seriously, what do I do!?!  How do I help the bunny get back to his burrow unharmed?  


Friday Night Update!!!

So when I left in the morning, the box with grass I set out was like this:

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Then when I got home, it looked like this:

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The little guy was clearly hungry after not eating anything for at least a day and a half – but he was still cowering under a big dresser in our bedroom.  Luckily Mama PoP came over and brought a couple of nets with her.  Between the two of us, we got the little guy into a net….

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and then released him outside.

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So all is well again in the the world of PoP.


Thanks for all the advice, everyone!

13 comments to Happy Friday – Bunny Not Mouse

  • Wow, I wish I had some good advice for you. We’ve owned rabbits for over ten years, but we’ve never dealt with a wild one. (Terribly, my instinct is “Keep it! It’s a cute bunny!”) If they’re anything like pet rabbits, he’d love a sweet thing like pineapple or banana, but who knows? My experience is that they’re tentative with any food they don’t recognize, so actually some herbs might work well, like basil or cilantro. They can smell that from farther away too. Do you have a cat carrier or any other kind of box you could lure it into?

    Since they’re so skittish, alternately you could set up a way to get it back out the exterior door, if the bedroom is close enough. Block off everything but a clear path to the door and just scare it out. We had a rabbit who could get up into a reclining chair, so it could be hard to find. Good luck!
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    • Of course he picked the room in the house furthest from the doors to the outside, but your advice about blocking everything off was totally essential. We did that and at one point he almost jumped over the lowest part of the barricade we had erected in front of the other big pieces of furniture that he could have gone under. He could jump higher than I realized!

  • Nate R

    I’d do the humane trap with some sort of food in it (Carrots!?)

    There ARE small humane traps out there for squirrels, and even tiny ones for mice.

  • Steveark

    I was playing tennis yesterday with a friend who in retirement does animal control work for several small towns in our area. He got a call between games from a lady who had a mama and baby racoon in the house. The little one had fallen into a tight place and couldn’t get out and the lady was terrified to try to assist the baby with the mama racoon nearby. These were not pets, they sneaked in like your bunny. He was off work and the woman could not afford to pay him but he’s got a big heart and went by to handle it for free after we finished up. So at least look on the bright side, bunnies are harmless. A big mad mama coon could just about take your hand off!

    • Awww, that’s cute, but also a little terrifying! One of our neighbors had a raccoon come into her house years ago and it’s still one of her favorite scary stories to share!

  • We’ve always been able to get them out either by leaving a door open or scaring it into a paper grocery bag and taking it outside. (Growing up my cat would bring them in the house.)
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    • Mama PoP used to have outdoor cats that would bring bunnies in, hence having the nets and having a plan! This little guy totally got in through my negligence though, I’m sure. When I saw the door had been open for a while the other night I checked that Kitty PoP hadn’t gotten out, but didn’t even consider the thought of something (other than mosquitos) coming in!

  • How to rescue rabbits – from the House Rabbit’s Society: http://rabbit.org/faq-how-to-rescue-a-rabbit-running-loose/

    Also here is info re orphaned baby buns. You can call your local wildlife rehabber as well!
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    • Mama PoP said that because he had eaten on his own (the grass I picked), that he was probably going to make it on his own, even if we didn’t know where the burrow was to return him to it. I hope she’s right! (Though I bet the burrow is somewhere near our house given the number of baby bunnies we’ve seen lately.)

  • Also – about the above – the rescue portion is really for domestic rabbits since those are usually the ones you have to catch (outside) but, while you have the opposite problem, most of that advice is the same…except making friends with him or her. 😉
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    • Yeah, I tried to pet him with a finger tip while he was in the net, but he was NOT a fan, so I let him be and didn’t try again. He’s adorable, but definitely didn’t want to be domesticated. =P