SAVE THE BUNNIES!
Carefully, I put the baby back with the other two and covered them back up. I couldn't wait to check on them every few days just to see how they are doing. When I got off of work that day...it was raining...hard...I mean it was POURING. As I was driving I thought "oh my goodness...the bunnies!" When I pulled in the driveway I ran in the pouring rain straight to the back yard (in heels!) and found that most of the yard was a big pool of water.
I immediately called AWARE back to see what to do and they gave me the name of an animal rehabilitator...which is really just a normal person doing phenomenal things in their home to save wild animals. James was amazing. He suggested that I keep them warm in a small box until it stopped raining, go out and try to get as much water as I could out of the hole and put them back in it and cover them up. So that is what I did. We were hoping that the Mom would return and feed them that night. I was to call James in the morning and let him know if she came back and if she didn't he said he would come and get them. Well...in the morning, the three strategically placed leaves on top of the nest had not moved. And it was supposed to rain ALL day. So I brought them back in...again. I had to go to work so I put them in a safe place and called James back. He said that if I wanted, he would meet me that night and come and get them, so I told him I would call him back when I got off of work. I knew that I couldn't take on trying to care for them myself, but I really wanted them to be able to return to the nest and have their Mom come back. During my lunch break...I ran to Petco and bought the suggested formula and tried to feed them. Um..that didn't really work out too well. I got maybe four drops of food in each of them. Apparently, they are extremely difficult to feed...you practically have to force them to eat. Determined to not give up, James and I agreed that I would try to put them back in the nest for one more night to see if the Mom would come back.