Bomb squad called to investigate abandoned bag in airport bathroom and discover a cute rabbit inside

"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."
July 7, 2018 1:34 pm Last Updated: July 7, 2018 1:34 pm

Joining a bomb squad isn’t for the faint of heart. Every package you check poses a risk: you won’t know if there’s a bomb inside until you open it.

And, if there is a bomb, you need to work fast and be careful. Take too long or make a mistake and it could cost you your life.

With such a dangerous job, it’s not often we think of a bomb squad member’s day as fun or cute. Yet, as a recent story from Australia shows, even the most dangerous of professions come with their fair share of happy surprises.

The bomb squad checked a mysterious bag at the airport.

Posted by RSPCA South Australia on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

On June 28, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) called in a bomb squad to investigate an abandoned pink bag left in the women’s bathroom of Adelaide Airport. When they looked inside they didn’t find a bomb but rather something else entirely.

Inside was a male, one-year-old rabbit wearing a red harness. They didn’t know who he belonged to as there was no form of identification inside the bag but he seemed healthy and well-behaved.

Posted by RSPCA South Australia on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

According to 7 News Adelaide, officers put the rabbit in a box and fed him carrots from Subway until the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) arrived.

From there, the rabbit was taken to the RSPCA’s Stepney headquarters, where it stayed overnight in a cage.

Nobody is sure why the rabbit was left there but the police do seem to see the humor in the situation.

As of right now, it doesn’t seem like the rabbit has been reunited with its owner or anyone knows why he was left behind in the first place.

“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,” rescue officer Nalika Van Loenen said.

“Or they may have been planning on smuggling him on board a plane, but backed out at the last minute.”

Posted by RSPCA South Australia on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Regardless of these circumstances, Van Loenen and her co-workers are willing to admit that the whole situation is kind of funny.

“This is the first job of this kind that I’ve come across in my 26 years of service with the RSPCA,” Van Loenen said.

“We treat everything in the aviation space very seriously, but our bomb appraisal officers certainly weren’t expecting to find a rabbit in unattended baggage,” AFP acting state manager Commander Brett McCann told ABC.net.au. 

If you live in or recently visited Australia and have information on this adorable bunny, be sure to call the RSPCA at 1300 477 722. I’m sure that, like their mysteriously packaged friend, they’ll be all ears!

Rabbit Scare

Bomb squad officers investigating a suspicious package at Adelaide Airport have made a surprise discovery – a 1-year-old dwarf rabbit was found inside a bag, dumped in the female toilets. More: http://bit.ly/2tB8JhP #Rabbit #7News

Posted by 7 News Adelaide on Thursday, June 28, 2018