North-east mechanics carrying out an MOT on a car got more than they bargained for when they looked under the bonnet … a stowaway bunny.
The team at Newburgh Motors found the rabbit, who they have called Derek, tucked away behind the bodywork of a Vauxhall Corsa.
Now the mechanic tasked with looking after the intrepid furry friend has appealed to the public to find Derek’s owner.
Dave Gordon, 27, said: “It’s not uncommon to find animals stuck in cars, but usually it’s because they’ve met a grisly end.”
Dave, who has been a mechanic for 10 years, said: “I’ve seen plenty of rabbits and birds stuck in cars, but never a live one.
“Nobody in the garage has ever seen anything like it.”
It was only when Dave and the other mechanics were preparing to work on the car that the big-eared stowaway was discovered.
Dave said: “The car was brought in for its MOT and I pulled it up on to the ramp.
“I started to check it over when I spotted a white shape tucked away behind the radiator grill and licence plate.
“At first I thought the owner had hit a rabbit.
“I got my torch out and noticed it was still breathing, so I took the front bumper apart to get it out.”
Derek is now settling into his new surroundings, but where he came from remains a mystery.
Dave doesn’t even know if the bunny is a pampered pet or a wild animal. He said: “He seems okay.
He must have just climbed in because it’s cosy. The rabbit is now sat in a cage eating carrots and lettuce with some water, but my
dog Cooper doesn’t seem too sure.
“We’ve been trying to get hold of the car’s owner to find out if they know anything about it.
“It would be a real shame if some little boy or girl is missing a pet. I’m going to go check at the vet to see if he’s microchipped which would help us get him home.
“To everyone that’s shared it on Facebook, thank you so much for taking the time to help.”
And why has he been called Derek? Dave said: “Someone started calling him Derek and it’s just stuck. Everyone says it suits him!”