Three rabbits admitted after car strikes

By Joanna Fitzgerald | Director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital

An eastern cottontail was among the 54 animals admitted the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

The adult eastern cottontail was one of three adult cottontails admitted after being hit by a car. The cottontail suffered head trauma causing her head to twist to one side. She also had vestibular issues which affected her balance and ability to stay upright in a normal position.

Hospital staff administered pain medications, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and sedated the rabbit to keep her calm. There has been slight improvement in the rabbit’s condition but her prognosis is guarded.

Roadways are common hazards for many of species of wildlife. Be aware when driving, especially at night. Many species of wildlife are nocturnal or active at dawn and dusk when it can difficult to see.

Never throw litter from your car, even if the item is biodegradable. Food tossed along the side of the road can attract foraging animals which brings them in close proximity to traffic and danger.
If you see an animal that has been hit by a car, safely pull over and offer assistance if possible. The sooner an animal receives medical attention the better the chance of recovery.

Recent Releases — 29 Rehabilitated Animals Return Home

  • 9 eastern cottontails
  • 1 Cooper’s hawk
  • 2 anhingas
  • 4 raccoons
  • 5 mottled ducks
  • 1 great blue heron
  • 7 double-crested cormorants

Opportunities to Help

Visit the Conservancy website at www.conservancy.org to see a list of all the amazing volunteer opportunities at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Your volunteer time, memberships and donations are truly vital in helping us continue our work to protect Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife and future.

Joanna Fitzgerald is director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Call 239–262–2273 or see conservancy.org.