Rabbit survives 30 mile journey after being hit by car


The rabbit must have had quite a scary journey (Picture: Wales News Service)

A rabbit managed to hang on after being hit by a car, staying for the ride until it could be set free 30 miles later.

Mark Pearson heard ‘the dreaded thump’ while driving through Wales, and slowed down to see if he could see anything in the rearview mirror.

Unable to see anything in the road, he assumed that whatever he had hit had run off.

But in fact, the rabbit had somehow got stuck in the car grille and lived to tell the tale.

It survived the impact at 30mph near the Bryncynan pub on the outskirts of Nefyn until Mark arrived in Bangor on Tuesday.

He parked his car and went to work – and three hours later was told there was a rabbit on his car.

‘I thought it would be half a rabbit but was surprised to find this lucky fella had gone through the grille and got trapped in an enclosed compartment,’ he said.

‘We really couldn’t figure out how it got in there until we realised the grille was snapped so it’s hit it, gone through it and the plastic has gone back into place. I didn’t know whether to call the RAC or the RSPCA.

‘Its head was stuck in the grille so I had to remove it. Apart from a bit of a dried nose bleed, it seemed uninjured.

‘Once it was out I released it in the woodland near Parc Menai with a bit of carrot as a way of saying sorry.

‘A few people have said I should’ve brought it back to where I hit it but when I went back it ran off. I’m back in Bangor tomorrow so if I see it I’ve got a box to bring it back in!’

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