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So, last night i found a wild baby bunny in our yard and she wasn't moving. i fed her some grass, then pet her and she tried to move but she couldn't, and she just dragged her hind legs. so i took her inside and fed her more grass and gave her water and such. i think her hind legs are broken but im not sure. i havn't taken her to the vet yet because it costs too much money, so i don't know wht I can do. i can't find anything on wild baby bunnies with broken legs ANYWHERE, everyone just says to kill her... but i need help ASAP!!!!!!

Dear Skylar,

The most humane thing to do would be to take the baby to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who can evaluate her and see if she can recover.  If her injuries are too severe for her to heal, then the wildlife rehabilitator will have veterinarians who can humanely euthanize her.  

But caring for a wild rabbit is not something that is easy or even possible for someone who is not trained.  You can find wildlife rehabilitators in Canada with this link:

I hope everything will turn out okay.  Thank you for your kindness.

P.S. - Sorry for the delay.  The Allexperts site has been *down* more than it's been functional, and every time I have tried to log in until now, I've gotten a "try again later" message!


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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.


I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:

Find a rabbit vet at for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.

RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.


I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology

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