60-Year-Old Dog Walker Stops Man from Throwing Baby Bunnies into River

If you found yourself in the right place at the right time, would you have the courage to stop a crime? One brave 60-year-old Englishwoman named Elle risked her own safety recently to save nine frightened baby bunnies who had been stuffed into a bag and were seconds away from being hurled into the river.

When Elle (last name withheld to protect her personal safety) came around the river bend with her dog, as she’d done a thousand times before, she saw a man there acting strangely. He was grasping a bag in one hand and looking nervously over one shoulder as he approached the riverbank. Elle’s intuition stirred and she felt a sense of danger wash over her. She could see the shapes of the rabbits’ tiny bodies rounding out the bottom of the bag. There was a risk that any man capable of drowning baby animals wouldn’t hesitate to harm her too, but Elle’s conscience made the split-second choice to race forward and protect the animals with her own life and her trusty walking stick.

With her dog by her side, Elle charged the man and grabbed the bag. He was enraged and swore in her face, but did not raise a hand to Elle. Perhaps it was the presence of the dog that made him think twice or perhaps he only acts with violence against small animals, but for whatever reason, this unidentified man left the scene without further incident.

Shaken but unharmed, Elle and the bunnies made a beeline for The Rabbit Residence Rescue to see Caroline Collings.

“Drowning an animal is just horrendous,” Caroline said as she combed over each bunny, looking for any overt signs of trauma or injury. “I don’t understand how anyone could do it. How many other animals has he done that to?”

Here you see the females recovering at The Rabbit Residence Rescue. The bucks were naturally put in a separate area.

Caroline has been caring for the rabbits at The Rabbit Residence Rescue for nearly 20 years. The organization aims to educate rabbit guardians about responsible pet care and is a safe landing spot for unwanted and formerly-neglected rabbits of every size and color. Though all rescue centers are often low on space to accept additional animals, Caroline urges people to act responsibly and wait for a humane solution if they find themselves with pets they can no longer care for.

Adoptable rabbits at The Rabbit Residence Rescue

“If you dump your rabbit in the wild it will get run over or eaten by a fox,” Caroline warns.

To learn more about The Rabbit Residence Rescue, visit their website or Facebook page.

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472 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton2 years ago

Wonderful person for going out of her way to stop a mentally ill person from doing something horrible.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

Poor little bunnies!! A big THANK YOU to Elle for saving them!!

KAROLY MOLINARI
KAROLY MOLINARI2 years ago

Elle youre my hero thanks for risking yourself to help the poor bunnies , you did just the right thing, and that man hope he dies and burn in hell.

kerry gilling
kerry gilling2 years ago

brave lady good on her i would have done the same and lucky bunnies

Dagmar Bajinski
Dagmar B.2 years ago

What a courageous woman. Hats off! And for that imbecile scumbag, I hope one day soon he will suffer and pay for being such a monster!

Beverly G.
bev g.2 years ago

oh thats wonderful the lady did that WELL DONE TO HER for rescue. poor animals. everywhre. Yeh I woud do the same. Evil ppl here on this earth. They vile evil pos should of had the rabbit neutered for Gods Sake. idiots. Gud on Elle... Wish her the best.. i wud go hell on water for an animal.

Maggy G.
Maggy G.2 years ago

Geweldig !!

Sheila S.
Sheila S.2 years ago

What a wonderful act of courage and kindness! Many people would have looked the other way, fearing the worst if they got involved. Ellie's bold response is both heartwarming and encouraging! How remarkable that there was also a Rabbit Rescue in the area! Kudos to all!