Northamptonshire RSPCA rescue wild rabbit stuck down a six-foot manhole

Inspector Susan Haywood took over one hour to rescue the bunny.
Inspector Susan Haywood took over one hour to rescue the bunny.

An RSPCA inspector became a real life Alice in Wonderland when she followed a rabbit into a drain in Northampton.

Inspector Susan Haywood was called on Tuesday afternoon (March 13) after a member of the public spotted the rabbit stuck amongst the rubbish six feet down in Ringway.

The rabbit had fallen into a six foot manhole when it was discovered by two teens.

The rabbit had fallen into a six foot manhole when it was discovered by two teens.

Inspector Haywood said: “I think this poor rabbit must have fallen through the gap into the drain.

“He was lucky he was found as obviously, he couldn’t make as much noise as a cat or a dog would in the same situation."

Two teenagers then waited with the rabbit until the inspector was able to get there to carry out the rescue.

She added: “Fortunately, other than being a bit thin, he didn’t have any lasting injuries so was able to be released after he’d had a feed.

“He's a wild rabbit who was absolutely petrified so the best thing to do was to release him back into the wild.

"Hopefully, he’s learnt his lesson and won’t go on any more adventures like this one.”

It took Inspector Haywood an hour and a half to entice the rabbit out using nets.

She then took the rabbit home to check him over, gave him a good meal and he was released the following day at dusk

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