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Stolen rabbit is rescued from roof of house

Thursday December 22nd 2016

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, named Lily, on the roof of the house in Vanbrugh Road, in Anfield, Liverpool, on December 19.

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) Matt Brown and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service worked together 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."

Lily was taken to the vets, but was not injured.

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.

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

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.

Copyright Press Association 2016