The rabbit was found loose near Kempston between the A428 and King Alfred Way Image RSPCA

The rabbit was found loose near Kempston between the A428 and King Alfred Way

The RSPCA is appealing to find the owner of a lost or abandoned rabbit who was found by a member of the public by the side of a busy road in Bedfordshire.

The male Lionhead rabbit was spotted by a member of the public on Saturday (8 August 2020) on the side of a main road, between the A428 near Kempston and King Alfred Way. He was loose with no cage or carrier, food or water in sight.

The passerby managed to catch the rabbit as he was very friendly and then contacted the RSPCA for help.

Apprentice animal collection officer (ACO) Rebecca Frost collected the rabbit and took him to the RSPCA Milton Keynes branch for care. She said:

“He is in a good condition apart from slightly long nails which needed a trim. He’s very friendly so has clearly been someone’s loved pet which is why we are hoping he is a stray and we will be able to find the owner.

“If you recognise him, or have any further information, please contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

He was microchipped but the details had not been updated so Rebecca was unable to trace the owner. If no one comes forward for him then he will be rehomed by the charity.

This week is Rabbit Awareness Week and the charity has been highlighting that bunnies can often be a misunderstood pet which can lead to their needs not being met.

The charity rescued 3,180 rabbits in 2019 and rehomed 2,569 – an average of 214 a month, or 49 bunnies rehomed every week.

Since the start of lockdown in March, the charity has taken 189 rabbits into its care.

To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep its animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.