A rabbit found “weak and cold” in the IKEA car park in Belfast has been released into the wild after two nights spent with the friendly Newtownabbey locals who found it.
Doolittles Wildlife Rescue said the rabbit was discovered on Saturday evening.
Although a vet could not find any injuries, it is believed the inclement weather left them feeling the strain of life among the bushes at Holywood Exchange.
But after a little care and attention, they returned home.
Doolittles Wildlife Rescue announced the good news on Wednesday.
They said in a social media post: “I got a call about a little rabbit that was picked up from the IKEA parking lot on Saturday night… was weak and cold.
“The vets checked him out and found no injuries or signs of illness. With all the bad weather I’m sure he was feeling tired from the cold, damp and hunger… after a few nights in guest room with researchers in a nice warm room for animals, he was fiery and needed to come home.
“I drove to Newtownabbey to pick it up and drove it straight back to the IKEA parking lot. I released it into the hedges near the airport fence.
“Anyone who has visited here will know that there is a large population of rabbits all along the Holywood Exchange and you will regularly see them munching grass on the verges.
“He stopped to take a look around and get his bearings, then fled into the undergrowth.”
The volunteer organization is also caring for a peregrine falcon injured in a collision with a car in Newcastle.
They said the bird of prey has swollen eyes but its legs and wings were not affected, although it is not believed to have broken bones.
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