Friday, May 9, 2008

Rabbit nests difficult to spot.

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Rabbits who can nest in a thicket are often successful although an extremely high percentage of rabbits born don't live a year because of predators in a natural world. Rabbits who foolishly nest in open grassy areas have a more difficult time reproducing. Mowers kill millions every year. As one can see in this photo, cottontail rabbits often nest in very shallow holes in soft earth. When mowers pass over, the tiny babies instinctively jump upward, resulting in fatal injuries. Rabbits may not understand how wasteful of fuel and how environmentally harmful mowing is, but a female who has lost a litter to a mower may at least learn to move to a thicket before trying again.

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