COUNTY NEWS: Sussex Easter bunnies arrive early after hitching a lift

Stowaway bunnies

Stowaway bunnies

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Two cheeky bunnies have hitched a lift from Sussex to London, giving delivery staff an early Easter surprise.

Staff at pump rental specialists Selwood were hopping around after discovering their most recent delivery also came with two unexpected stowaways.

The rabbits sneaked inside hoses that had been delivered with Selwood pumping equipment to BP McKeefry’s Crawley depot in Radford Road.

The pair kept themselves tucked away as the lorry made its way to the Selwood depot, in Penhall Road, Charlton, and hopped out when the hoses were being unloaded at the other end.

Selwood drivers chased the troublesome pair around the car park and managed to catch them, putting the two safely in a box until the RSPCA arrived.

Kayleigh Morrison, hire controller at Selwood’s Charlton branch, said; “It was a bit of an early Easter surprise for the drivers.

“We think they were wild rabbits that must have just crawled into the hoses as it was somewhere sheltered for them to hide away.

“There was a bit of a chase around the car park but eventually we managed to get them into a box until the animal inspectors arrived. The rabbits were a bit confused and shaken up but they hadn’t been harmed in any way.”

RSPCA spokeswoman Amy De-Keyzer said: “The two rabbits were taken to our South Essex wildlife centre, where they are being checked over – they seem absolutely fine.

“We’re grateful to Selwood staff for alerting us – they did the right thing. Once the rabbits have a clean bill of health, they will be released back into the wild where they belong.”

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