This is the Quiet Baby Ward. Quiet baby animals are cared for in here. These include cottontails, opossums, morning doves and chipmunks. Of all the animals that we care for, perhaps Cottontails are the most difficult to raise to an age where they can be released into the wild. Experienced rehabbers report that cottontails will die when one caretaker is replaced by another caretaker. That is how great their stress levels are in captivity. There are several important things to know about cottontails if you are trying to save their lives. The first is that cottontails survive better in the wild than in captivity. As unfortunate as it seems to see a helpless bunny in the yard, its not going to survive in captive care any better than it is in the wild. Also, cottontail mothers visit their young only once or twice a day to feed them. She does not defend them; she protects them by locating herself away from the nest. She also protects the species by having 5-7 babies 3 to 4 times a summer. The outcome of all this is that only two of her babies has to survive in her lifetime of 3 years to keep the population stable. What a nation! 2 out of 75 babies! And her success rate may be better than ours! The other important feature of cottontails is that they are reasonably self-sufficient when their eyes open. When the eyes open they begin to hop away from the nest because they now can see to eat their own food – fresh grass, clover, chicory, plantain and dried stems and seeds, which is all around them. Their wonderful camouflage and their incredible ability to be still protects them best from predators. So leave bunnies alone whose eyes are open. They are not in need of mom anymore. And if its cats that are bothering them then chase the cats away or better get them indoors.