When a thief broke into the Plymouth, England home of Kimberley May, little did he realize there was a burglar alarm in the form of a very large rabbit in the kitchen. When Toby, a 10-pound British Giant, realized there was a burglar in the house, he started thumping, which woke up the humans and scared away the thief. Here are highlights of the story, as reported in the Telegraph.
Kimberley May, her fiance Martin, and their three-year-old daughter Olivia were all sound asleep when the thief broke into their house.
But as the raider rifled through cupboards the noise woke up Toby the family’s British Giant bunny in his kitchen cage.
The 4.5kg, two-feet long pet began stomping so loudly on the floor that the intruder was caught on the hop and left.
Kimberley said: “We went to bed on Wednesday at about 10pm. In the early hours of the morning Toby our rabbit did five loud thumps.
“I sort of half woke up then realised he’d stopped and went back to sleep.
“When I went downstairs every single cupboard and drawer were open, there were bits out everywhere, then we started noticing things were missing and we phoned the police.”
Kimberley, a nurse, is convinced that two year-old Toby’s thumping scared the thief off from their house in Plymouth, Devon.
She found a hoard of items left piled up on the sofa which she thinks the burglar was preparing to take but left behind.
Toby still has some way to go before he is fully grown – British Giant rabbits can reach up to 5.9 kg.
Owner Kimberley, 30, said monster bunny Toby was so big he lives in a cage built for a Labrador.
Kimberley and online salesman partner Martin, 33, got their prized pet from an animal adoption centre who took him in an unwanted pet.
She said: “He’s playful, really friendly, and he doesn’t mind my three-year-old crawling all over him. He’s like a small dog really.
“He has the run of the house and at night he goes in a dog’s crate. It’s a Labrador-sized cage.
“When he thumps on the floor its incredibly loud – you can hear it echoing around the house.”
To read the full report, please visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9873002/Giant-rabbit-scares-burglar-out-of-family-home.html
At Hoppington Post, we have seen rabbits who thumped when toast was burning in the kitchen, or when a strange dog intruded into the back hard, so it is not surprising that a house rabbit would also thump because of a burglary. Congratulations to Toby, who deserves a hero’s medal. Or at least an extra bite of banana.
Photo by Petur R.