Rabbit owners try to convince police it's a guinea pig

Police with the illegal 'guinea pig'. Photo: Queensland Police Service
Police with the illegal 'guinea pig'. Photo: Queensland Police Service

THE owners of a large pet rabbit being kept illegally in Queensland tried to catch police officers on the hop by telling them it was a guinea pig.

Police said the rabbit was found living in a cage inside a caravan and was seized by the Springwood officers after they were called to the address in relation to an incident involving its owners. 

They said when asked about the rabbit, the owners tried unsuccessfully to convince the police that it was actually a guinea pig. It is an offence to possess a rabbit in the state of Queensland unless you have the proper authorisation.

Queensland has the toughest anti-rabbit regime in the world, with penalties of $44,000 and six months in prison.

With Easter just around the corner, the bunny got some special hugs from the officers at Springwood Police Station.

Not wanting to upset the Easter Bunny and lose out on his yearly chocolate binge, Senior Constable Ben Sier made sure after he finished cuddling his fat furry friend that he found a good home for it.

With the help of a local vet and the RSPCA, the bunny is now heading off to a rabbit rescue sanctuary in Grafton, New South Wales.

Topics:  animals police

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