hares set to be released into wild by Burnham-On-Sea carers
a dozen leverets are nearly ready to be released after being nursed
back to health by Burnham-On-Sea animal care experts from Secret
World Wildlife Rescue.
group of six baby hares is made up of four siblings and two other
leverets rescued separately by the animal charity.
four baby leverets were originally rescued after they were found
next to the body of their dead mother.
new companions joined the group after being found abandoned in Street,
Somerset and Peasedown St John.
Worlds care team made the decision to rear all the leverets
together as a family to give them a stronger chance of survival
in the wild.
carer Marie Densten has been tasked with looking after the leverets.
new additions were in a sorry state. After assessing them, my priority
was to give them some much-needed fluids," said Marie.
than caring for them separately, it made sense to rear them together
as a family of six. When they are finally released, their chances
of survival will be much greater than if they were released individually."
are now back at Secret World in an enclosure and are being weaned.
Its interesting to see that the oldest in the group is actually
mothering the younger members. They will be ready to be let loose
in the wild again in another four weeks time."
the naked eye, leverets are often mistaken for baby rabbits. They
are similar in size and form, but leverets generally have longer
2017, Secret World Wildlife Rescued cared for 174 hares and rabbits,
including a number of leverets.