A rabbit which had been stolen in a suspected burglary was rescued by the RSPCA – from the roof of a two-storey building.


A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after spotting the white rabbit on the roof of the house in Vanbrugh Road, in Anfield, Liverpool, on Monday morning (19 December).

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) Matt Brown and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service worked in partnership to bring the rabbit down to safety.

However, AWO Brown said they were left puzzled as to how the rabbit had got up there. He said: “We had two theories – that the rabbit had been picked up by a bird from a garden and dropped on the roof, or that someone had thrown her up there.Lily2.jpg

“We got her to a vets and thankfully she had no injuries. However, we were still very confused about how she got up there as it is incredibly unlikely she’d have been able to have hopped up herself. We had no idea where she came from either – we knocked on doors on the street but we had no luck in finding her owner.”

Shortly after the rabbit had left the vets, AWO Brown was alerted to a post which was being shared on Facebook by a woman who was missing her white eight-month-old rabbit Lily.

The post stated that somebody had broken into her garden on Sunday night and as a result, one of her rabbits was missing. Her house is on a street a few hundred metres away from where the bunny had been rescued.

AWO Brown said: “It is quite unbelievable how Lily ended up on the roof. As a result of what we found out from the rabbit’s owner, we think it is likely that she was thrown up there by whoever had taken her. Why, we don’t know, but thankfully she is uninjured and has recovered from her ordeal.”

Lily’s owner Julie Galway said: “We discovered on Monday morning that our garden gate was open and the rabbit hutches had been opened. I have seven rabbits and all of them had been accounted for, apart from Lily.

“I’d been looking for Lily all day, walking up and down the street and asking people if they had seen her but was having no luck.

“I put something on Facebook asking people to keep an eye out for her and I was so happy when I was told she’d been found. It just goes to show how powerful social media can be.

“She’s definitely had an adventure. We’ll never know for certain how she ended up on the roof but thankfully she is fine and is back relaxing in her hutch.”

Anyone who has any information about the incident should contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018, or Merseyside Police on 101.

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