Chihuahua Adopts Orphaned Baby Bunnies

Apr 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Five orphaned baby rabbits have been adopted by Mitch, a two-year-old male Chihuahua at the Capricorn Animal Rescue in Padeswood, North Wales.

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A man found the five baby bunnies uncovered in a compost heap last week. They were only about three days old and too small to fend for themselves. The man brought the bunnies to the Capricorn Animal Rescue, where they were taken in by owner Sheila Stewart, and taken to by Mitch.

Stewart began feeding them milk every few hours with a syringe. “After I’ve finished feeding them, Mitch comes along and washes and grooms each one,” says Stewart. “He seems to have adopted them.”

Mitch has been at the center since he was six months old. The center has been unable to place him in a home because he chews everything, including feathers, cloths, and even razor blades. However, he is very good with other animals, and grooms the bunnies lovingly.

This is not the first time the center has received orphaned rabbits. “It is quite common for us at this time of year to take in litters of wild rabbits, because their nests get disturbed when people are cleaning up gardens,” Stewart explained.

Stewart says the bunnies will be released back into the wild when they are old enough to fend for themselves, at about eight or nine weeks old. Meanwhile, Mitch and other animals at the shelter remain in need of a home.

If you can offer your home to any animals at the shelter, call 01244 547938. For more information, visit the Capricorn Animal Rescue website at

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