When someone spotted a box on the side of a road in London last week, they were alarmed when they thought they saw something moving around inside it.
The Good Samaritan went to take a closer look — and was stunned to discover a rabbit hopping around inside the box, holding a teddy bear.
It was really shocking to discover how someone can be so careless, abandoning such a sweet rabbit all alone in such cold.
The Good Samaritan brought the rabbit home and then contacted the RSPCA for help.
Lisa Miller, an animal collection officer with the RSPCA, drove out to the home as soon as she got the call to collect the poor rabbit, later named Nigel.“He looked so sweet hopping around carrying his little teddy bear,” Miller said in a press release.
“He’s clearly quite attached to the bear, so he must have been living in a home before this.”
This sweet rabbit, Nigel, got a complete checkup from doctors and luckily, the rabbit had no injuries or any underlying health conditions.
No one knows exactly how long he was outside, but considering how cold it was and how he was completely exposed, everyone was pleasantly surprised that he was in good health.
Miller further told that no pet should be left out in such cold and Nigel was lucky enough to be found and rescued.
Nigel was taken in by an animal boarding facility in Kent, where he’s still settling in.
He was understandably pretty scared when he was first rescued and confused after being abandoned — but luckily, his teddy bear has helped him stay calm and adapt to his new temporary home.
Nigel’s teddy bear is essentially a security blanket for him. After everything he’s been through, Nigel’s rescuers are glad he has his teddy bear to help him cope.
He’ll stay at the boarding facility until it’s time for him to go home with a forever family — and, of course, his beloved teddy bear will be going with him.
In a tweet by RSPCA (England & Wales, they tweeted “This is absolutely heartbreaking.
This rabbit was dumped in the cold by the side of the road, with just his favorite teddy bear with him. Thankfully he was spotted and rescued.” According to Stott, in 2018, there have been 1.693 reports of abandoned rabbits across the entirety of England and Wales.
So Nigel is far from the only bunny to be left by its owners. Moreover, a huge number of pets are abandoned each year in the UK: the RSPCA has rescued and collected more than 102,900 pets last year alone!
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