Lucky rabbit's foot saves family as burglars flee
A family has told how their huge pet rabbit scared off a burglar – by thumping its massive feet on the floor.
Two-year-old Toby had only been a with the May family for a couple of weeks when their house was broken into. His owners believe that the burglar was scared off thanks to the British giant breed stomping his feet on his indoor cage. However, thieves still made off with items from the family's home including a First World War medal and invitations and gifts for the couple's upcoming wedding.
Kimberley May, a staff nurse at Derriford Hospital, said: "We went to bed on Wednesday at about 10pm. In the early hours of the morning Toby our rabbit did five loud thumps. I sort of half woke up then realised he'd stopped and went back to sleep.
"My partner went downstairs at 7am the next morning and came up and said 'Have you been downstairs during the night?"
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"I said 'No, why?' and he said 'Everything's open'," said Kimberley, who lives with her partner Martin and three-year-old Olivia in a terraced house at Admiralty Cottages, Stonehouse, Plymouth.
Weighing in at 4.5kg, Toby is nearly two feet long and 10 inches tall.
"He's like a little dog, if you whistle to him he comes," said Kimberley. "We think that when the rabbit thumped it scared the burglar off and they left all the stuff they were going to take.
"They managed to take a laptop, an iPad and my handbag with my purse and everything in, but the worse thing was my great-granddad's medal. The medal was a World War One King's Liverpool Regiment medal belonging to Kimberley's great grandfather, Henry Godwin Porter. It is silver and is inscribed with his name and regiment.
DC Nick Bloom said: "We believe the family was burgled between 10.30pm on Wednesday, February 6, and 7am on Thursday, February 7. The police are asking for any witnesses, or anyone with information, to come forward."
If anyone has any information call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 quoting log number 95 of February 7.