Posted: 18/06/2016 at 13:23
It may not in fact be a baby rabbit - the adults are far smaller these days than they used to be. Chances are that you'll soon see lots more and your garden will be damaged in several ways:- they'll eat most plants, i.e. non poisonous ones, and wlll even stand on their hind legs to reach things. I've often watched them do that! They dig holes for latrines and of course can burrow underground which causes problems too.
My garden is in the corner of what was once a large field and over the past 20 or so years the rabbit population has grown enormously. Since the demise of my last semi-feral cat (they used to keep the rabbits under control) the garden has suffered greatly and now I am unable to grow lots of things which I used to. I now even have to put my containers for summer planting on top of piles of bricks or upturned large pots, just to keep things out of reach. As an example, last year I planted a lot of pots with violas in early spring, and the pots were arranged in a curve with the smallest at one end and the largest at the other. I went away for a week and came back to find the pansies totally devoured! The rabbits must have jumped from the smaller to the larger pots to achieve that!
They don't, however, eat foxgloves, euphorbias, pelargoniums, hellebores, mahonias etc - to name a few, so those have remained untouched. I've found that the young rabbits will even nibble young plants which are said to be "rabbit proof"- perhaps they give it a try and decide they don't like the taste!