This morning began with a rescue. Our poolman Paul came for his weekly visit and immediately retrieved this wee Desert Cottontail from the bottom of the pool. It was still alive, so Paul set it under a nearby shrub and then alerted me.
Initially I searched for a rabbit nest, but then realized that if it had gotten water in its lungs, it needed medical treatment. So I consulted Liberty Wildlife's information page which said to put the animal in a box on a warm heating pad. I brought in the baby, dried it as thoroughly as I could, and placed it on clean towel in a warmed shoebox while I awaited a callback for dropoff instructions from Liberty.
By the time I got a call with directions to bring it in, the baby bunny had perked up considerably. It took about an hour to get to the Scottsdale facility, so I kept the warm heating pad under its box during the drive. One last peek showed the little bunny dry and hiding in the corner, which told me it was well enough for its self-protective instincts to have kicked in.
I hope it survives and has a happy, hoppy wild life.
Upon returning to the car, which I'd parked on the street in front of the facility, I noticed a dark shape in a huge neighboring pine. I moved up the street a bit, grabbed camera and binocs, and discovered today's daily bird...
It felt like Mother Nature was patting me on the back.