A little while back, a few bunnies were dropped off at The Discovery Center. A couple of them roam freely in the park, to make a home where they please. Take a look at what we found in one of their dens this morning… Baby bunnies!
You can tell that they’re baby rabbits, and not hares, because they don’t have fur yet, and their eyes are still closed (they will open in 10-12 days). These are some characteristics of an altricial, rather than precocial species. They’re born completely dependent on their parents, who must care for their immobile young until they are ready to leave the nest. As you can see in the pictures, rabbit parents pluck their own fur to give their babies a warm nest. They will stay in their nest for about 6 weeks.