The Australian Federal Police Bomb Response Team was called into Adelaide Airport in South Australia on Wednesday, June 27th after some unattended luggage in a women’s restroom set off a security scare. Turns out that the so-called scare was a little more cute and cuddly than expected.
Inside the unattended bag was a young, male, dwarf rabbit who was wearing a red harness but was left with no identification. Who would leave such an adorable little guy alone in a ladies’ bathroom? We’re not sure. He looked a bit nervous on the videos taken by journalist Eugene Boisvert.
Luckily, he was put in the hands of rescue officers at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Australia (RSPCA), who took him to safety. Naturally, police did not expect to see a rabbit when they received the security call, so officers were just as surprised as the little bunny when they arrived.
“This is the first job of this kind that I’ve come across in my 26 years of service with RSPCA,” rescue officer Nalika Van Loenen said in a statement. According to Van Loenen, the rabbit was well cared for, socialized, and harness trained, which only adds to everyone’s confusion over why he was abandoned.
The search is now on for the owner of the darling little rabbit. One clue was that he was found in a pink Lorna Jane bag. While it’s not clear why he was left behind, Van Loen has some ideas.
“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. Or they may have been planning on smuggling him on board a plane, but backed out at the last minute,” Van Loenen said.
The rabbit has been given the name “Boeing” until his real name is hopefully discovered.