Touching baby animals

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-10-2012
Touching baby animals
Mon, 07-15-2013 - 11:31am

My cat brought home two brand new baby bunnies last night and my husband took them to the woods and laid them in a cool spot under some brush saying that they were doomed any way it goes because once they have been touched the mother won't go back to them. I wanted to look for the nest and put them back. Is what my husband said true?

They were really tiny and I have no idea why my cat brought them home or how he got them here.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 07-15-2013 - 3:26pm

From things I've's not true that once you touch a baby animal the mother won't go back to it.  What "is" true is that if you see a baby animal you shouldn't disturb them; often the mother is somewhere close, or out hunting for food and will soon be back.

In this case it wasn't your fault; your cat brought the babies home to you.  Hopefully it wasn't from too far away and the mother will find them again.