Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rabbit catapulted onto roof of bungalow during storm rescued by firefighters

Firefighters rescued a rabbit from the roof of a bungalow in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland on Friday morning. Bumper the bunny was thrown onto the roof after Storm Gertrude blew his hutch over in high winds.

The rabbit was discovered on the roof of Woodbank House, a residential care home, after a night of heavy winds thanks to Storm Gertrude. "We tried to figure out how on earth a rabbit would get on the roof," said Caroline Swift, a worker at the home. "It must have catapulted when the big cage was blown.

"We knew we had to get it down and none of us could climb onto the roof because it was dangerous, so we called the fire service. It took them a while but they were really good about it." David Doherty, the fire service's district commander for Omagh, said the rescue was "something a wee bit different on a Friday morning".

"Usually for animal rescues, we would pass the details on to the USPCA but the circumstances to this were a little bit different as we were told the animal had been blown onto the roof by the wind. When the crew got there, they found the storm had caught the rabbit's hutch enclosure and catapulted the rabbit up onto the roof. It was quite easy for them to go up there and rescue the rabbit."

There's a news video here.

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