With so much bad news happening lately, it’s very satisfying to be able to report about a happy story involving a wild rabbit that somehow got itself stuck in the engine of a car but, thanks to the kindness of humans, it was saved.
It seems that a man in Aberdeen, Scotland was notified by his neighbor that there were unusual sounds coming from the man’s car. When they realized the noises were probably being caused by an animal, they made a call to the SPCA.
We are grateful to the UK Press Association for the details:
Mechanic key to car rabbit’s rescue
After inspection, it became apparent that a young female rabbit was stuck inside the car engine and animal rescue officer Karen Hogg was called in to help with the unusual situation.
However, attempts to free the frightened animal were unsuccessful and a mechanic was called out to the city’s Laburnum Walk on Tuesday to get the rabbit out without damaging the car.
Ms Hogg said: “Despite our efforts, there was just no way of getting the rabbit out with the car still in one piece.”
The mechanic removed the front section of the vehicle and the rabbit was released fit and healthy before being released back into the wild.
Ms Hogg added: “She was understandably frightened but, thankfully, hadn’t sustained any injuries.
“It’s a real mystery as to how she got into the engine but I’m so glad we were able to rescue her.
Far from being a rural oasis, Aberdeen is a large urban area. With a population of more than 200,000, it is the 29th largest city in the United Kingdom. That is why it is both surprising and rather pleasing to know there are little brown wild rabbits hopping about the place, although we would rather they stay in the shrubbery and out of automobiles.
Perhaps Scottish motorists will need to be advised to perform a safety check before they start their engines, as an airplane’s flight crew must do prior to take-off. It may take them a few extra minutes, but it also might also help keep the area’s population of wild bunnies safer.
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