‘Incredibly lucky’ pet rabbit rescued after being abandoned in Edinburgh

A brown, male, lop rabbit was found abandoned in a pet carrier near Silverknowes Golf Course in Edinburgh.

By Shona Elliott
Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 10:51 am
The brown, male, lop rabbit was found abandoned in a pet carrier. Picture: SSPCA
The brown, male, lop rabbit was found abandoned in a pet carrier. Picture: SSPCA

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Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident after a member of the public found the rabbit while they were walking their dog on Tuesday, June 1, at around 1.30pm.

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The Scottish SPCA said the rabbit was “incredibly lucky” to be found and the charity is now appealing for information about the incident.

Scottish SPCA inspector Stuart Murray said: “The rabbit is a brown, male, lop and he was found at the strip of trees adjacent the road at Silverknowes golf course.

“He was in a pet carrier that had no front to it, so whoever left him obviously intended for him to go free.

“This rabbit is incredibly lucky that he was found and we’re extremely grateful to the member of the public who took him in to their home until we could collect him.

“Although there are wild rabbits living in Scotland, this rabbit is a domesticated animal and would not have survived the elements and predators in the wild.

“We appreciate that the person who left the rabbit may have intended for the animal to be found but this is not the right way to give up an animal if you can no longer care for them.

“Thankfully, he is unharmed and is now at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where he is receiving the care he needs.

“If anyone recognises this rabbit we would ask that they contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

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