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Abandoned bunny mistaken for bomb at Australian airport

Sydney Borton
Digital Reporter

Friday, June 29, 2018, 2:23 PM - Now here’s something you don’t hear every day: an abandoned bunny was mistaken for a planted bomb at an Australian airport.

Australian Federal Police and explosive experts were called to the Adelaide Airport on June 27th to inspect a “suspicious” shopping bag that was left unattended in the women’s washroom. They quickly determined it was not a bomb threat.

When they opened the bright pink Lorna Jane bag, police found an adorable surprise: a one-year-old male Dwarf rabbit.

The rabbit was wearing a red harness and had no identification, leaving officers puzzled as to how he wound up in the washroom. While they figured out what to do with him, the AFP got some shredded carrots from Subway to feed the little critter.

The AFP then called the RSPCA, who collected the bunny and brought him to their headquarters for safekeeping.

Despite being left in a bag, the bunny was in good spirits and was unharmed. RSPCA officer Nalika Van Loenen said that the bunny is clearly well cared for and socialised, adding further confusion to the situation.

In a Facebook post riddled with rabbit puns, the AFP ask anybody with information about the bunny to contact them.

“This is the first job of this kind that I’ve come across in my 26 years of service,” Van Loenen said in a press release.

Van Loenen had a few theories as to how Roger Rabbit wound up in the women’s washroom. “His owner could have been leaving the country and knew by leaving their pet in a populated area he would be found and cared for,” she said, “Or they may have been planning on smuggling him on board a plane, but backed out at the last minute.”

If they can't locate the rabbit’s original owner, the RSPCA will try and find and home for him instead. In the meantime, he’s making lots of friends at their HQ. They even have a potential name for him: “Boeing”, as in the plane, and because it kind of sounds like "boing”.

Due to the bag's unmistakeable distinguishing features, RSPCA and AFP staff are hoping somebody can identify the owner of the bunny soon.

That wascally wabbit.


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