Mother rabbits do not abandon their babies under normal circumstances. She usually feeds her baby only once or twice during the 24-hour period from dusk to dawn. You may never see her return to her nest. Cottontail rabbits are ready to leave their nests at 3-4 weeks of age.
Why do wild rabbits abandon their babies?
When predators gather, the nest is abandoned. Rabbits lack the power to pick up and transfer their youth. The mother does not build a new nest elsewhere. If you abandon the rabbit's nest, your baby will not survive.
Do wild rabbits throw away their babies when touched by humans?
We have all heard myths. When you touch a baby rabbit (or, for that matter, a baby's wildlife), the mother sniffs your humanity and throws away your baby. You can die with one touch! It's completely nonsense!
How do you know if a baby rabbit is abandoned?
You may also think that a very small rabbit flies around and is too young to go out into the world on its own. If the rabbit is furry and about 4.5-5 inches long, the rabbit is independent of the mother and does not require human intervention unless injured.