And for my next trick – a rabbit from a Wellington!

Rescuers used magical powers to rescue a young rabbit from a wellington today (Wednesday 11th April).

Rescuer Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) had a very unusual delivery of a rabbit stuck inside a pink wellington boot! It is thought the rabbit became stuck after being caught by a cat and dropped close to the wellington which became its new home. Finder Natasha Woodgate from Hellingly was about to go out with her son Oscar, found the bunny inside her pink wellington boot and luckily didn’t put her foot in it and squash the frightened little creature.

"The bunny clearly thought the welly was its new warren, and was very difficult to remove. I thought for a moment I was going to have to cut it out of the wellington, but with a bit of magic and a sleight of hand movement I was just about able to reach in and scruff the little creature and produce the bunny from the welly like on a magic show!" said Trevor, "we are now treating the rabbit for a small infection but we hope he will a full recovery."

East Sussex WRAS is seeing an increase in young birds and mammals coming into care at this time of year, at its Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith on the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield. WRAS has already had numerous fox cubs, juvenile blackbirds, baby rabbits and dove come in for care and the spring season is only set to get busier and busier. WRAS is asking for support in funding the thousands of tins for food, bags of biscuits, special powdered food, powdered milk replacers, bedding and fluids. Donations can be made towards the work of East Sussex WRAS online or by post to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE.

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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS 01825 873003 (office hours).

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