A small rabbit has lived just outside of my apartment for at least a year now. When it was very, very small, it used to take shelter behind the metal shell plate thing from my grill, which was leaning against the wall; my mother moved the plate in a fit of cleaning and the bunny (which was about the size of a half-grapefruit) had to move out, but he’s been back many times since. For the last two days, which have been quite cold, he’s been just sitting in the grass in front of my door, all huddled into himself and looking very cold and forlorn. He hasn’t moved except to twitch his ears when I shut the door. So, when I came back from lunch today and found him still in the same place, I decided something was probably wrong. I called Operation Wildlife and they told me to catch him, using a towel, and put him in a box and bring him right over. So I prepared the box and the towel and crept out to catch the bunny… but this time, when I got close, he hopped right up and ran away.
So the good news is, apparently he’s healthly enough to move. The bad news is, now I feel guilty that I chased him from his little nest in the ground. I left the box top out leaning against the house. I hope he’ll make himself a new little roost there.
Anyone have any tips on luring a rabbit into a roost?