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Bomb Scare at Airport Caused by Adorable Rabbit Abandoned in Bathroom


When the Australian Federal Police’s bomb squad received a call reporting a potential bomb threat at the Adelaide Airport, they were definitely not expecting to find a fluffy critter in the center of the situation.

A bright pink shopping bag abandoned in the women’s restroom raised suspicion on the night of June 27, 2018.

When the bomb squad arrived on site to examine the contents of the bag, they were surprised and amused to find a male dwarf rabbit inside.

The unharmed hare was wearing a red harness and had no form of identification.

Commander Brett McCann said, “We treat everything in the aviation space very seriously, but our bomb appraisal officers certainly weren’t expecting to find a rabbit in unattended baggage.”

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AFP officers called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to come and pick up the little guy.

He was transferred to a larger box and given a handful of shredded carrots to eat from a nearby Subway while he waited.

Nalika Van Loenen, the RSPCA officer who responded, said that this was the first time in 26 years she had ever responded to a situation like this.

The rabbit was obviously well cared for and was even harness trained.

The AFP’s Facebook page shared a post in hopes of helping the RSPCA find out more information about the rabbit’s owner.

Warning: The puns in the following post may cause an extreme eye-roll or a few.

“Don’t worry, be hoppy, the bunny is in the safe care of RSPCA South Australia and is no worse fur wear. He doesn’t seem to carrot all about all the fuss. Lettuce hop someone can help find out who abandoned him at the hareport,” the post read.

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“A couple of scenarios came to mind — his owner could have been leaving the country and knew by leaving their pet in a populated area he would be found and cared for,” Van Loenen said.

“Or they may have been planning on smuggling him on board a plane, but backed out at the last minute,” she continued. “The pink Lorna Jane bag is very distinctive, so we really hope someone noticed it and saw something.”

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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