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Wild Rabbit Parasite

I am from Ohio and I have a wild rabbit in capativity because it only has 3 legs (mower accident or predator?)and since we have 2 indoor/outdoor cats it wouldn't have much of a chance until it was older to be released. It is old enough to eat solids (carrots, blueberries, lettuce, cabbage, grapes) and has it's fur, but anyway... it has this lump on it neck. on part of the lump is a hole. I think it is some sort of parasite. The pharmasist told m to put Iodine in the hole to try to kill it. Is that the best thing to do? I have been trying to and i get it in, but i don't notice much change. Is their any tips for this poor animal's problem. If you have any way of helping me or need more information about this please email me at Megatoada@neo.rr.com ASAP!

Wildlife Expert - Ken Burton

Parasites are just as much a part of the natural world as rabbits are. Virtually all wild animals carry parasites; that's just how it is. Who are we to say that hosts are any more worthy of life than parasites? If you truly view this rabbit as a "wild rabbit," then you must accept it in its wild state. If you insist on cleaning it up, it will become a pet, and wild animals should not be kept as pets.

Keeping wild animals is usually not legal without a permit, even if you intend to release them, and most people aren't qualified to do so properly. It sounds as if you ought to turn the rabbit over to a licensed rehabilitator. You can find a wildlife rehabilitator near you at the site below.

We do not condone outdoor cats because they take a tremendous toll on wildlife. Please keep your cats indoors or under direct supervision. Thank you.

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