RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after seven rabbits – believed to have been dumped – were found at Duffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Gemma Black was called to the rescue on Easter Sunday (27 March) after seven rabbits were found running loose in the gardens.
“I couldn’t believe it when I received the call on Easter Sunday,” she said. “It seemed far too topical and I wondered at first if this could be an Easter prank.
“They are seven lovely rabbits, that sadly appear to have been dumped in the grounds near the back entrance.
“There are country lanes near-by and there aren’t really houses where they could have escaped from.”
The rabbits have all been given chocolate-y nicknames – Fudge, Toffee, Caramel, Button, Truffle, Coco and Sugar – and were taken to a veterinary surgery for a check up. The five male and two female rabbits, are aged around five months and have not been neutered.
The rabbits are now in RSPCA care and are doing well.
“Anyone who may have information about these rabbits should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence,” Deputy Chief Black added.
“It does appear that they have been dumped, and we are appealing for information to try and find out how they got there.
“If we are unable to track down the owner, the rabbits will be rehomed.”
The RSPCA discourages people from buying rabbits on impulse as Easter presents but adopting a pair of bunnies with a commitment to care for them properly is a much better idea.
Every year more than a thousand rabbits are abandoned and come into RSPCA care.
We would encourage anyone looking to give a pet a home to go a rescue centre and chose an a pet which is best suited to their lifestyle.
For more information about the time and money needed to keep a pair of rabbits happy and healthy visit our website http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rabbits
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.
Rabbits are social animals and should always been kept with at least one other friendly, neutered rabbit
On average rabbits live for 8-12 years, but some may live for longer
It takes about 10 hours a week to care for a pair of rabbits including grooming, cleaning out, feeding and socialising them
It can cost in the region of £11,000 to keep a rabbit happy and healthy over the course of it’s lifetime or about £16,000 for a pair of bunnies – that’s not including unexpected vet bills
A rabbit needs at least a ‘rabbit-sized’ bundle of good quality hay every day to eat
It’s important to provide rabbits with a healthy diet of mainly hay and/or grass, with some leafy green vegetables/herbs and a small, measured amount of pellets/nuggets.
Last year (2015) RSPCA inspectors rescued 2,150 rabbits which had been abandoned
The peak time for abandonment is the summer months, when we traditionally also see a rise in the numbers of cats and dogs dumped
Rabbits have continuously growing teeth which need to be kept trimmed – A rabbit’s top front teeth grow at a rate of 3mm a week!