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Young hares and rabbits are dying of cold in the icy weather this Easter, a German Wildlife Foundation has warned. It's not just the snow that is making their natural habitat more perilous. The removal of hedges ... is depriving them of protection.

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Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 2:26 pm
Young hares and rabbits are dying of cold in the icy weather this Easter, a German Wildlife Foundation has warned. It's not just the snow that is making their natural habitat more perilous. The removal of hedges through modern farming is depriving them of protection. Some are opting to move into the city.

Last year, Easter in Germany was overshadowed by the death of tiny Til, a rare bunny with no ears who was accidentally trampled on by a cameraman filming him. There's more bad rabbit news this Easter, with wildlife experts in Germany warning that young wild rabbits and hares are freezing to death in the icy weather plaguing Europe this spring.

"Dry cold doesn't bother young hares, but snow slush and wetness are lethal to them," said Andreas Kinser of the German Wildlife Foundation. "An added factor is that their habitat is becoming steadily more dangerous." Modern farming has led to a reduction in the number of hedges, which offer them protection from predators like birds of prey and foxes.

It's around now that hares are giving birth to most of their offspring, said Kinser. The litter usually consists of two or three leverets. They are born with fur, and the mother spends about four weeks looking after them.

"She only comes once a day to suckle them," said Kinser. In her absence, the bunnies stay motionless, pressing themselves to the ground, which makes them far less visible than if their mother were close to them.

"If you see young hares when you're out walking over Easter, you should on no account take them with you -- the little ones have not, as often assumed, been deserted by their mother," Kinser warned.

Meanwhile, hares, like wild boars, foxes and other wild animals, are increasingly venturing into cities in search of food, said Kinser. They're usually out and about at dawn.

Varcolac Veroscarius (93)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 2:52 pm

Barb Knight (1688)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 2:57 pm
Dear God, I ask that you please create indestructable hedges for hares and bunnies not only in Germany, but worldwide! In Jesus' name, amen! Thanks Angie! Sure Hope God listens to me!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:02 pm
Lol Barb, he may not be able to create such, but, he can create caring, loving humans who won't destruct the hedges to a level where it endangers wildlife. ;)

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:18 pm

Very sad. So much death and destruction of all that makes this world worth living in, and we must be aware of natural ecology. Protect wildlife, for goodness sake, how many species must we drive to extinction?

**Be a honey, don't give live bunnies and chicks as gifts.***

Past Member (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:53 am
So very sad. I hope that in these German Cities and villages the locals have taken notice and will try to be more sensitive to the surrounding wildlife...if there's a will then there too is a way!!! Thx Angelika.

paula eaton (30)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:55 pm
Poor bunnies.

Suzanne L (99)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:38 pm
Such a joy to have wild creatures living nearby. Hopefully, people will get wise to providing good environment for them instead of tearing out bushes, hedges and trees that are life giving. Terrible story about the reporter and the tiny bunny. TY Angelika

jaya Sinha (26)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:52 pm
“All beings are found of themselves, they like pleasure, they hate pain, they shun destruction, and they like life and want to live long. To all, life is dear; hence their life should be protected.” – Mahavir Swami

cathie S (154)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:03 pm
This is so sad noted tyvm

Mary R (280)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:43 pm

Anne W (11)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:02 pm
So sad. I know this weather is taking its toll on so many wild animals and farm animals, especially the young. Poor babies, I feel for them :-(

Marie W (67)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:15 pm
People destroying environment again.

Natalie S (13)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:51 pm
Yet more victims of climate change, how sad to read about it. Thank you for creating awareness.

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:58 pm
thank you

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:59 pm
thank you

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:29 am

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:30 am
..., and sadly noted

Robert O (12)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:41 am
That's so heartbreaking. :(

Lynn D (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:48 am
That's so very sad..............thanks for posting!

Joseph Miller (23)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:54 am
So sad to hear that.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:38 am
Very sadly noted.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:20 am
Sad, some of Nature's tiny treasures.

. (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:31 am
sad,so called humans acting in a stupid,ignorant and cruell way,stop it and let all creatures great or small live in peace.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:59 am
Don't forget your clicks to  
Feed Two Bunnies For A Year

Georgeta Trandafir (33)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:16 am
noted and clicked

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:32 am
Sad news , noted .

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:02 am
Noted, thanks.
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