Rabbit dumped by side of Peterborough street could not eat because her teeth were so overgrown

Holly the rabbit - photo supplied by the RSPCA

Holly the rabbit - photo supplied by the RSPCA

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A rabbit was dumped by the side of a Peterborough street with teeth so overgrown she could not eat.

The female grey and white domestic rabbit was found by a passing member of the public in Sunningdale, Orton Waterville on Wednesday, September 30.

Her bottom teeth were around four centimetres long and protruded from her mouth, and her top teeth were nearly as long.

The rabbit has now had an operation to remove her teeth and has been named Holly after the vet who attended her. It is hoped she will make a good recovery and soon be able to be rehomed.

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “These teeth were some of the worst I have ever seen.

“They were so overgrown they were sticking out far away from this poor bunny’s face and curled around.

“She must have been so uncomfortable - bless her - and clearly unable to eat. Had she not been found when she was she would have likely starved to death.

“Who knows how long she had been living stray like this but it could well be that someone let her go or dumped her as a result of not wanting to get treatment for her. A domestic rabbit like this is not used to fending for herself in the wild and would not have been able to survive.

“If anyone does know anything about this rabbit and how she came to be on her own by the side of a road like this, we would urge them to ring our inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.”

Dr Jane Tyson, rabbit behaviour and welfare expert at the RSPCA said: “A lot of people don’t realise that a rabbit’s teeth grow continuously.

“We recommend rabbits’ teeth are checked at least once a week to ensure they stay healthy.

“A rabbit’s diet can help keep their teeth healthy so we always advise owners to give their rabbits plenty of hay to eat. Rabbits need at least one bundle of good quality hay that’s as big as they are every day.

“Rabbits are seen by some as an easy pet to care for but they actually have very complex needs. There is more rabbit welfare information available on our website.”

To assist RSPCA inspectors in carrying out their work text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).

See RSPCA advice and welfare tips for looking after pet rabbits at rspca.org.uk