Appeal after baby bunny bonanza

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A Bicester animal charity is appealing for help after an influx of baby bunnies last week.

Tiny Paws Rehoming, based in Springfield Road in Caversfield, is looking for donations and caring new homes after around a dozen young rabbits were dumped in a layby on the A421 between Finmere and Croughton last Monday.

Emma Argent, left and Carol Spencer of Tiny Paws Rehoming, Caversfield near Bicester with some of the rabbits dmped in a nearby lay-by.'130427M-B033

Emma Argent, left and Carol Spencer of Tiny Paws Rehoming, Caversfield near Bicester with some of the rabbits dmped in a nearby lay-by.'130427M-B033

Volunteers spent several evenings attempting to round up the rabbits, three of which had been injured by wild animals by the time they were caught.

The injured rabbits have now been treated by Hart Veterinary Centre in Bicester.

All of the youngsters are male, and most are between five and six weeks old.

Tiny Paws founder Carol Spencer said: “We’ve had some fantastic volunteers out trying to catch them, and they’re still trying to catch the last few.

“I just wish they’d dumped them on my doorstep.”

The charity, which is funded through regular events such as car boot sales and out of Carol’s own pocket, now cares for 24 rabbits, 36 guinea pigs, and five hamsters. Bicester’s Pets at Home store also provides a monthly pallet of feed and other supplies.

Carol estimates she will have a £500 vet bill for the injured rabbits and said any donations will be gratefully received.

All the rabbits are being neutered, vaccinated and 
micro-chipped ready for loving new owners.

Carol said the young rabbits appeared to be getting over their ordeal, and were all eating and drinking normally.

Tiny Paws Rehoming will host a collection outside Pets at Home in Launton Road from 11am to 5pm this Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Donations can also be made to Tiny Paws Rehoming through the Hart Veterinary Centre on 01869 323223 or via Paypal to carolh365@yahoo.co.uk.

Visit the charity’s website at www.tinypawsrehoming.org for details.