'Sweet' rabbit and his pet teddy bear found abandoned in a box

8 November 2019, 12:14 | Updated: 8 November 2019, 12:26

Nigel and his teddy
Nigel and his teddy. Picture: RSPCA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

An appeal for information has been launched after the RSPCA found a rabbit and his teddy bear dumped in a box by the side of the road.

RSPCA officers found the young lop-eared rabbit in a box by the side of the road with nothing but a teddy bear for comfort.

The rabbit, named Nigel by officers, was found in Turnham Road in Lewisham was inside with a grey teddy bear.

Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Lisa Miller, who collected the rabbit, said: “This poor rabbit had been abandoned in a box in very cold conditions but luckily a kind member of the public spotted him and contacted us. He’s quite a large rabbit and in good condition with no injuries or health concerns. He looked so sweet hopping around carrying his little teddy bear. He’s clearly quite attached to the bear, so he must have been living in a home before this."

Nigel was found on Turnham Road
Nigel was found on Turnham Road, Lewisham. Picture: Google Maps

The officer said the charity understands people's circumstances can change which means they may no longer be able to care for their pet but there is never an excuse to abandon an animal this way.

"No pet should be left out in the cold and vulnerable like this. Nigel was very lucky that he was found when he was.”

He is now being cared for by an animal boarding facility in Kent. If an owner is not found, he will later be rehomed.

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