What are the odds of 4 (wild) baby bunnies about3 3 weeks old will survive if discovered by a mess of elementary school kids? The kids didn't hurt them, but after being picked up and chased around, the bunnies wouldn't stay in the nest when they were put back. I'm not great at telling ages of kits, but they were older than mine (mine are a little over a week), eyes open and supposedly hopping around outside the nest before they were discovered.. but they are still really small, nothing like the 8-10 week bunnies at a pet store. Considering that children play in the playground where the nest was every day and they had yet to be found, my guess is they only just started venturing out.
Are they doomed? I called the school to let them know (it was in the middle of the school playground, discovered at a PTO meeting last night). Secretary said she'd have the maintenance guy go out when he got in... but what's he going to do, move them? without the mom present? They'll be goners for sure, no?
I just saw an article that stated that a mother rabbit WILL come back, even if her bunnies are handled. She usually only returns at night. If you have a way of checking, you might check then. If they are old enough to venture out, they are probably old enough to eat on their own. It is really, really hard to keep them alive in captivity.