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To think it's not my responsibility to catch these escaped rabbits!

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Zinni Fri 22-Jan-16 16:49:46

There are 4 apartments in our complex, we share a large communal garden. One family (with our agreement) bought 2 rabbits and I thought it will be nice for my DS to play with them so I helped out with feeding, watching over them in run etc.

Anyway, 6weeks ago someone didn't fasten the latch properly and they both escaped sad

They've evaded all attempts to catch them and have now strayed beyond our garden to surrounding gardens (easy to spot as one is silvery grey other's black!)

Two neighbours from different houses have approached me and said I need to catch them as they're digging up lawns, eating plants etc. I explained I can't get near and they're not my rabbits anyway!!

AIBU and if so how on earth do you catch pet rabbits who have been living wild for 6weeks?

UndramaticPause Fri 22-Jan-16 16:51:18

Good luck. Rabbits that aren't docile and handled regularly are a bugger to catch, direct all queries towards your neighbours.

TooMuchOfEverything Fri 22-Jan-16 16:52:30

It probably depends who 'someone' was. If it was you or your child then I think you should try to catch them.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 22-Jan-16 16:52:33

It there any chance it was you who left the latch open?

You have made yourself partly responsible for the rabbits, so partly responsible for catching them. Impressed they have survived so long!

Imnotaslimjim Fri 22-Jan-16 16:53:16

So someone in your family bought your DS 2 rabbits? How old is DS? If he isn't old enough to take care of them, how are they not your responsibility? Sorry, I need more info

DrunkenUnicorn Fri 22-Jan-16 16:53:37


If there's any chance it was you/your child then yes you need to help

Imnotaslimjim Fri 22-Jan-16 16:54:28

Sorry, just read it again and realised the rabbits aren't actually yours.

Why are they saying its your responsibility to catch them, was it you or DS that let them out?

ElasticPants Fri 22-Jan-16 16:54:29

It's amazing a fox hasn't got them yet. Have you got a fishing landing net?

Zinni Fri 22-Jan-16 17:27:22

It wasn't me who left latch open, I wasn't feeding them that day. DS is only 4 months so not him either!

attheendoftheday Fri 22-Jan-16 21:46:00

It isn't your responsibility.

However if you are inclined to help rescue the poor bunnies (who will likely be eaten if left) then the best way would be to leave the hutch open and accessible, put food in regularly to encourage the bunnies to go in and out. Then try to find a time when they're in the garden and walk around the perimeter, the bunnies will hopefully flee back into the hutch if they're familiar with it.

ohtheholidays Fri 22-Jan-16 22:06:26

We've had the same happen before,leave out food and some fresh hay,they also love dandelions and marigolds.Places like pets at home sell packets of dried dandelions and dried marigolds the smell alone could draw them close to the hutches.

If you can't get them into they're hutches but you can get them close to the hutches or you can get close enough to the Rabbits,throwing a towel over them really works.It calms them right down as they can't see and they won't try running of once it's over them.Then once you've picked them up you can lift the towel back from they're face unless they're really fidgeting once they're picked up if they are leave the towel covering the eyes and remove the towel once you've got them safely back into they're hutches.

VaginaRecliner Sat 23-Jan-16 02:03:10

Why would it be your responsibility? Just say, "They're not my rabbits, they belong to X."

Is there more to this story?

novemberchild Sat 23-Jan-16 04:02:38

OP, if you can say where you live, I may be able to suggest help. I'm pretty rabbity smile

They really need to be put back safely, though, or found another home, or they will soon be killed.

1frenchfoodie Sat 23-Jan-16 04:49:55

Not your rabbits, not your responsibility, guessing neighbours simply thought they were your rabbits. In my neighbourhood cats would have had these in no time so impressed they are still alive.

Now you have lots of useful rabbit catching techniques to pass on to the owners though smile

Roystonv Sat 23-Jan-16 05:30:18

Not your responsibility but a nice gesture surely?

Sighing Sat 23-Jan-16 06:06:47

Parsnips to lure them. Light rabbit run to capture them. They should head back to the safety of the hutch if you put food in there though? They're quite keen to return home usually (though cats, rats and dogs pestering may put them off).

jevoudrais Sat 23-Jan-16 06:44:56

A fishing net on a pole. That's how if you're desperate and their safety is at risk.

Stanky Sat 23-Jan-16 09:01:56

Hope the rabbits are safely back home soon.

BackInTheRealWorld Sat 23-Jan-16 09:08:44

I dont see why it should matter who is responsible for the rabbits, why wouldn't you even try to help? Especially as your child gets enjoyment out of them?

JohnLuther Sat 23-Jan-16 09:13:27

I'd catch them but then again I'm a pretty helpful guy.

Maudofallhopefulness Sat 23-Jan-16 09:24:16

What are the owners doing? Are they ignoring them?

gamerchick Sat 23-Jan-16 09:33:48

Man escaped rabbits are hardcore. Those buggers can shift! Good luck.

coffeetasteslikeshit Sat 23-Jan-16 09:46:39

I don't understand why you don't want to help catch them? No, they are not your responsibility, but they are in danger and the combined efforts of a few people should be able to catch them. You've been helping to look after them, surely you want to help keep them safe?

KaosReigns Sat 23-Jan-16 11:30:43

Towel method for sure. Damn near the only way to catch a rabbit. Someone really should have told Elmer Fudd.

maddening Sat 23-Jan-16 13:16:34

Big pile of carrots right in front of person Who can sit quietly and patiently armed with a towel

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