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Waterskip down for abandoned bunnies

Two homeless rabbits thrown out like rubbish and abandoned in a skip are now at Blue Cross pet charity and looking for a new home.

A member of the public discovered the bunnies inside a cardboard box in a skip near Wandsworth Bridge, South London last week and took the pair to the nearby Blue Cross animal hospital in Merton.

The six-month-old does, named Ziggy and Bowie, were given a health check by charity vets. After being spayed and microchipped, they were transferred to a Blue Cross rehoming centre in Oxfordshire where they are looking for a new home.

Emmeline Macedo, Veterinary Nurse at Blue Cross, explains: “The rabbits were lucky they were found – I hate to think what would have happened to them if not. Thankfully the person who put them in the skip left some food for them and when they arrived they seemed in good condition. They were a little traumatised by their ordeal but soon settled down and are very sweet, friendly rabbits.”

Blue Cross, which cares for 40,000 sick, injured and homeless pets every year, encourages people to contact a responsible animal charity if they can no longer care for their pet. Emmeline continues: “We understand that people can’t always keep their pets, but if you’re struggling to cope, please contact a charity for help or advice. Leaving pets abandoned can put them in serious danger.”

Ziggy and Bowie are the best of friends and are looking for a home together. They will need a spacious hutch with some outside access where they can hop, stretch and jump. To find out more about rehoming a pet from Blue Cross, or for pet advice, contact or call 0300 790 9903.

Rabbit Ziggy was found abandoned in a skip with his companion, Bowie


Notes to Editors

Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
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