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Our cat is a hunter and on two occasions has caught small bunnies in our yard.  On this occasion I was able to retrieve the bunny and found a large area of his skin torn loose near his rump.  Can this animal survive such a wound? What would be the best first aid in this case?  An antibiotic spray? Or just turn it loose and let the parent bunnies deal with it?

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Hi

While rabbits can heal from such wounds, the bigger issue for this poor bun is shock and stress. These can kill it before infection does! If the wound is quite angry looking your best course of action is to find your nearest wildlife hospital and take it there. Trying to treat it can kill it with stress so it may also be kinder for the bun to be put to sleep. It's usually only very young rabbits dug out of nests that have the best survival to be rehabbed and returned to the wild, when they're older they are more easily stressed and wary of humans.

The parent rabbits are unlikely to look after an injured baby, sadly. If the rabbit was released with an injury it's unlikely to last the night before another predator finds it.

Good luck with what you decide to do with the bun!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

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I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

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I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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