RSPCA and fire service called out to rescue ‘Houdini’ pet rabbit who got stuck in the dashboard of van

A pet rabbit that became stuck in a van dashboard after escaping from her hutch during a journey to a new home had to be rescued by the RSPCA and fire service.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 11:15 am
Owner Mark Hyde has named his new pets after the rescuers so the escaped rabbit is now called Claire-Leanne and her pal is called Grant after the fire officer who managed to catch her.

The escape-artist rabbit was on her way home with new owner Mark Hyde when he had to brake suddenly and her hutch door flew open.

She ran to the floor on the driver’s side of the automatic vehicle and shot up a hole where the clutch would normally be.

Mark ,51, who lives in Selby, realised she had made her way into the dashboard area of the car but was unable to free her so called the RSPCA for help on Monday evening (June 7).

The rabbit ran to the floor on the driver’s side of the automatic vehicle and shot up a hole where the clutch would normally be.

DCI Claire Mitchell dashed to the scene at 10pm and could feel the rabbit was high up in the front of the vehicle but was unable to reach her so she left food on the floor in the hope it would entice her down during the night.

But on Tuesday the rabbit had still not made an appearance so RSPCA animal rescue officer Leanne Honess-Heather was sent to the scene to try to reach the bunny.

She too was struggling to reach the pet so she called for the help of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and a crew from Selby were sent out.

Leanne said: “There was no way to get hold of this rabbit because of the tight space she was in and she was so high up. I think I would have had more of a chance pulling a rabbit out of a magician’s hat.

“So I called the fire service and a crew from Selby were able to quickly take off the dashboard while also shutting off any further escape routes – and she was finally caught and handed back to her delighted owner.”

Mark said: “I just couldn’t believe how she managed to get up there – but am so happy that she was unscathed from her ordeal.

“She is now safely in her hutch with her friend where she can stay out of trouble.

“I am so grateful to the RSPCA and fire service for their time and efforts which saved her – they were a great team.”

Mark has named his new pets after the rescuers, so the escaped rabbit is now called Claire-Leanne and her pal is called Grant after the fire officer who managed to catch her.