Bunny rabbit found hiding in Wellington boot

The bunny rabbit set up home at the bottom of the boot.

The bunny rabbit set up home at the bottom of the boot.

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A BUNNY RABBIT was found hiding inside the bottom of a Wellington boot by a resident in Hellingly.

Natasha Woodgate was about to put her wellies on to go out for a walk with her son Oscar, on April 11. But she luckily saw the bunny’s ears just before putting her foot inside.

Rescuer Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS), believed a cat had dropped the rabbit near the boot – and the bunny liked the welly so much it decided to set up home there.

He said: “The bunny clearly thought the welly was its new warren, and was very difficult to remove.

“I thought for a moment I was going to have to cut it out of the wellington, but with a bit of magic and a sleight of hand movement I was just about able to reach in and scruff the little creature and produce the bunny from the welly like on a magic show.

“We are now treating the rabbit for a small infection but we hope he will a full recovery.”

East Sussex WRAS has seen an increase in young birds and mammals coming into care at this time of year, at its Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith on the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield. WRAS has already had numerous fox cubs, juvenile blackbirds, baby rabbits and dove come in for care and the spring season is only set to get busier and busier.

WRAS is asking for support in funding the thousands of tins for food, bags of biscuits, special powdered food, powdered milk replacers, bedding and fluids.

Donations can be made towards the work of East Sussex WRAS via the website www.wildlifeambulance.org  or by post to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE.

See a video of the bunny rabbit rescue at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm3GgW4sKPQ