It’s a few months after Easter and the baby rabbits bought for Easter gifts are finding themselves locked up in cages for 24 hours a day. Now fully grown, their owners are bored of them. They are now at high risk of being abandoned and unlike cats, rabbits are often released into the wild rather than dumped on the roadside in a box.
The owners mistakenly believe that this is best for bun. In reality they are sealing the fate of the rabbit to an often cruel death within a year of release. Not only is it an offence to abandon a rabbit, there are a number of reasons why bunny should never be released into the wild:
Domestic rabbits are often a variety of colours, including white! Wild rabbits have an agouti coat that provide camouflage from prey.
Wild rabbits forage and create warrens as a family group for safety. A single, abandoned rabbit typically does not stray far from where they have been left and are easy prey for dogs, cats and a multitude of wild predators.
Domesticated rabbits have no idea what plants are safe to eat or what water can be found to drink.
Wild rabbits are wary of busy roads. Domesticated rabbits have no such instinct.
If you are thinking of releasing a domestic rabbit into the wild – think again.