“If she loses a lot of her ear, we may not be able to release her,” Tom added. “I’m very hopeful that the ear will be ok, but we’ll know more once we can get a closer look.”
One good sign is that her appetite’s increasing — since her rescue, the center has needed to increase her meal sizes three times. To keep her from being too stressed out by human interaction, they have only interacted with her during feedings and for necessary treatments.
“She is eating a lot, gaining weight and is very active,” Tom added. “We also have her in a separate room and incubator to keep her from getting stressed out, since cottontails are naturally very afraid of people.”