Rabbit is dumped with his favourite teddy bear

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a rabbit was abandoned by the side of a road with nothing but a teddy bear for comfort.

The young adult lop eared rabbit, named Nigel by the RSPCA, was found in Turnham Road in Lewisham in a cardboard box with a grey teddy bear.

Thankfully he was spotted by a member of the public who brought him home and contacted the RSPCA on Tuesday (November 5).

Animal Collection Officer, Lisa Miller, who collected the rabbit, said: “The poor rabbit had been abandoned in a box in very cold conditions but luckily a kind member of the public spotted him and contacted us. He’s quite a large rabbit and in good condition with no injuries or health concerns. He looked so sweet hopping around carrying his teddy bear. He’s clearly quite attached to the bear so he must have been living in a home before this.

“Sadly, we do see people abandon animals like this all too often. We know people’s circumstances can change which means they may no longer be able to care for their pet but there is never an excuse to abandon an animal this way. No pet should be left out in the cold and vulnerable like this. Nigel was very lucky that he was found when he was.”

He is now being cared for by an animal boarding facility in Kent. If an owner is not found, he will later be rehomed.

If you saw anything in Turnham Road on Tuesday before lunchtime, or if you recognise this rabbit, you should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.