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One of four bunnies I found the other day while looking for snakes and lizards. They were so tiny, I’m guessing a week and a half old? I actually thought the first one I found was dead until I poked it with my hook, then I found the other three, snapped a few pictures when a couple walked up to me and asked what I was taking photos of. So I showed them the bunnies.

They were worried that they had been abandoned but I told them it was common for a momma to leave them for awhile each day and that she will likely return to them once we leave. They wanted to touch them but I told them not to, they said ‘oh, because if the mom smells them on us she’ll abandon them?’ I told them that was a wives tale to keep kids from bringing animals home, but the reason they didn’t want to touch them is because they carry diseases like hantavirus and Tularemia. At that piece of advice they immediately backed away, thanked me for the information, and wandered off.

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natgeo Video by @joelsartore | Meet Frankie, a Southwestern gray fox that was found as a baby behind a chicken coop by the volunteers at @southwestwildlifeConservation Center. He was wearing a blue cat collar around his neck and was totally unafraid of humans, so it was clear that someone had taken him from the wild and tried to keep him as a pet. He either escaped or became too much for the person to handle and was left alone to fend for himself. The goal at Southwest Wildlife is to rescue, rehabilitate and return animals to the wild. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an option for Frankie since he had already been raised as a pet. He has now become a permanent resident and will live with other non-releasable foxes at the sanctuary.
This little fox’s story reminds us all to never attempt to take in a wild animal and raise it as a pet. It just doesn’t work out, and in many places it’s illegal. If you’re concerned about the well being of a wild animal, contact your local vet or wildlife rehabilitation center.
To see a portrait of Frankie, check out @joelsartore!