This big fella or lady was spotted last week in the Old Colony Housing Development. The New England cottontail is no stranger to living in the city and is usually more visible in the warmer weather. They do not hibernate and are active all year. When the fresh greens they normally eat in warmer weather die off in the fall or are covered by snow in the winter, they’ll look for bark and twigs to eat.
So how do cottontail rabbits stay warm in the winter?
According to the Mass Audubon website, during cold and inclement weather, cottontails use any convenient natural or human-made cavity, “such as a culvert, a dense thicket, or an existing burrow excavated by a woodchuck, fox, or skunk.”
Thank you to Sarah & Jennifer for sending us the beautiful photo!