If You’re Going to Abandon a Rabbit, Avoid the Airport

by Zoe

If you’re going to abandon a rabbit (why on earth would you ever do such a thing), by all means, please don’t leave it at an airport.

Someone (cruel enough to abandon a bunny) not only left the furry creature in a box without care or water in sight this week, they set off a bomb scare and wasted thousands in public resources in Adelaide, Australia.

A lone pink sports bag in the women’s restroom prompted a call early this week to The Australian Federal Police Bomb Response Team.

“The police put (the rabbit) in a large box and [got] some carrots from Subway, so he had some fresh shredded carrot to munch on while they waited for me to arrive,” Rescue Officer Nina Van Loenen said in a statement.

Image by RSPCA.

The owner of the abandoned rabbit has yet to be located, but officers suspect a number of scenarios as to why it could have been left behind.

“His owner could have been leaving the country and knew by leaving their pet in a populated area he would be found and cared for.

“Or they may have been planning on smuggling him on board a plane, but backed out at the last minute,” Ms Van Loenen said.

The rescue team says its caring for the pet with “lots of cuddles” in the meantime.

Depending on animals’ size, breed and requirements they can travel as a carry-on, be checked or travel in an Airline’s cargo. And, even more so than other baggage and personal items, they should not be left unattended.

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Luke Vader July 4, 2018 - 4:09 pm

Would be interesting to know who left the rabbit behind, and why. Needless to say, not a good (or thoughtful) move at all by the rabbit’s (former) owner.

But on another note, “Just what I always wanted. My own little bunny rabbit. I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him…”

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