Construction workers rescue orphaned rabbits

An animal carer from Secret World Wildlife Rescue is currently hand-rearing three orphaned rabbits which were found by construction workers on a site in Somerset.

While working on a National Grid project in Yeovil, a JN Bentley crew found some baby rabbits close to where they were carrying out excavation works.

Labour was stopped immediately and the team got in touch with Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill for advice.

Daniel Crompton, project leader at JN Bentley, said: “Wildlife in and around our working sites, and how we prevent disturbing or harming the animals, is always a major concern for us.

“The Secret World team was really helpful. At first, they advised that if the baby rabbits were still very young, the most caring thing to do would be to keep them where we had found them and the mother would more than likely come back at dawn.

“Wild rabbits have apparently a very strong maternal instinct. But there were some concerns that the mother may have been scared off from the excavation site and a fox or a badger would get to the baby rabbits first.”

Mr Crompton emailed a photo of the rabbits to Secret World. From the picture, the animal care team estimated that the rabbits were probably mature enough to be brought in and hand-reared.

The construction crew made a nest out of hay and fluff for the three orphans and delivered their precious cargo to Secret World where the rabbits could be syringe-fed and cared for.

A Secret World Wildlife Rescue spokesperson said: “The three rabbits are now being looked after off-site by a specialist orphan-rearer and have been recovering well from their ordeal.

“Once they are up to a good weight they will return to Secret World who will organise their release back into the wild.”

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