Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Little Miracles, If Only for A Time

Baby cottontails...

These little ones were the sweetest things ever, taken in at only a few days old. Their nest was accidentally destroyed and after covering it back the best we could, the mama didn't return to feed the next night or day.

They seemed to do well for several days. We kept them warm, fed them KMR with probiotics, then later introduced them to alfalfa pellets, timothy hay, clover, and water.

This little one had cataracts when  its eyes opened.

Sadly, despite our best efforts and consulting with two vets about them, they didn't make it past a few weeks. I researched and read so much about taking care of these babies, but from all I'd read, the odds were against them since they were so young.
 I was heartbroken about them, but know I did all I could. Taking care of and feeding them for so long each day made me slow down and just enjoy God's creations... even the small ones!

They were little miracles for a time.

We still see wild cottontails that come to visit near our front porch every day...

...a chipmunk, too!


  1. They are so darling when tiny, aren't they? We have cottontails here too and the other day I saw one coming from the neighboring hay field. She disappeared into the garden and I'm sure she was nibbling on things, but they are too cute to shoo away!
    Your photos of them are so cute Lana!!!
    hugs from here...

  2. They indeed were darling but despite all your devotion and dedication it was not to be.
    Thank you for trying so hard though as all of God's creatures are worthy of life no matter sometimes how short.
    Susan x

    1. Thank you, Susan. Everyone says to leave them alone... but I just couldn't, knowing they were right there at the edge of the yard alone in the nest. They were little sweet ones for sure.

  3. Oh, those are so darling! Bless you for trying to save them. I tried to rescue a hummingbird a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't make it either. But what a joy it was to care for one of God's creatures.

    1. Thank you, Donna. I'm sorry your little bird didn't make it, either. Guess we have soft hearts, huh? ♥