A stray bunny who appeared in Reeds Ground, Marlborough at the beginning of August has melted the hearts of residents and fostered a strong community spirit.
Joy Ford, a resident of Reeds Ground, told Marlborough.news that the little brown rabbit, “Brought the street together in this terrible time. She was such a popular sight running down the street.”
After the rabbit eluded capture, Reeds Ground residents adopted her. She became a talking point, small children loved her and she visited several houses during each day for different treats. Residents checked the bunny wasn’t hiding under their cars before driving off and even the early morning paper delivery man was asked to be careful.
Joy explained how the bunny would be waiting on her doorstep at 6.30 am for her first meal of the day of carrots and cream crackers. “She only liked Jacobs, and Waitrose Oatgrain. I called her Bunnykin, others Twitcher or just Bunny.
Last week I opened my curtains and as if by magic a beautiful rabbit hutch had appeared but I’ve no idea who so kindly made it or purchased it.”
Marlborough.news has discovered the rabbit hutch was made by kind neighbour, David Nash. The bunny nibbled her morning carrot inside it before setting off on her daily travels.
Unfortunately, the story does not end well. Yesterday, November 30, the bunny was injured by a car. Kind residents took her to Drove Vets but she did not survive and died this morning. This article was going to appeal for funds for the vets’ fees but the RSPCA have offered to meet the cost.
Joy commented, “In her short life she gave so much pleasure. She inspired generosity as people gave her food. Small children learned to say ‘hello’ to her and drivers were extra careful. What an epitaph for one small bunny and what joy to people in these dreary times.”