Olaf takes off on big adventure

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

A MIS­CHIEVOUS rab­bit got far fur­ther than a hop, skip and jump from home be­fore be­ing re­united with its own­ers, just in time for Easter.

Olaf man­aged to es­cape from his Pon­sonby gar­den on Sun­day night be­fore turn­ing up nearly 2 kilo­me­tres away at a ware­house in Grey Lynn the next day.

Ge­orge An­drew man­ages the ware­house for the home­ware com­pany Michael Joyce. He spot­ted the lit­tle white rab­bit out­side the build­ing and de­cided to take care of it while try­ing to track down its own­ers.

Olaf’s own­ers, Sally Wen­ley and her daugh­ter Ge­or­gia Smyth, are baf­fled as to how he made it across so many busy roads on his jour­ney.

‘‘I’m sur­prised I found him full stop, let alone that far away,’’ Wen­ley says.

‘‘There’s lots of pets around here and traf­fic.

‘‘But what was re­ally neat was th­ese ab­so­lute strangers were just so smit­ten by this cute lit­tle rab­bit and ev­ery­one wanted to help.’’

Six-year-old Ge­or­gia was dev­as­tated to find Olaf miss­ing on Mon­day morn­ing.

She chose him from a pet shop as a Christ­mas present and named him Olaf af­ter the snow­man in the Dis­ney film Frozen.

‘‘I was so sad. He’s just so fluffy and cute,’’ Ge­or­gia says.

Wen­ley had been drop­ping fly­ers off around the neigh­bour­hood and call­ing around lo­cal vets but hadn’t thought to check fur­ther afield.

A chance en­counter with some­one at the post of­fice who’d heard about the miss­ing bunny led her on a trail to the Grey Lynn ware­house.

An­drew had spot­ted what he thought was a guinea pig on the kerb out­side the build­ing at 5.30am on Mon­day.

‘‘It was hard to see what it was be­cause it was so dark.

‘‘I went to give it a nudge and it moved so quickly but I could tell that it was some­one’s pet.’’

An­drew tried to catch it but was too quick, he says.

A sec­ond at­tempt later on in the morn­ing was more suc­cess­ful.

Olaf was soon hap­pily run­ning around in a big card­board box

it munch­ing on let­tuce.

An­drew made up a sign to let peo­ple know the rab­bit had been found and no­ti­fied a nearby pet shop.

He got a call on Tues­day morn­ing from Wen­ley, who quickly came to iden­tify Olaf and take him home.

‘‘She was so happy and I was just as happy to know that a lit­tle girl had got her pet back,’’ An­drew says.

Ge­or­gia heard the news af­ter school and rushed home to wel­come Olaf back with some grapes – his favourite food.

The fam­ily is now busy rab­bit­proof­ing the fences in the gar­den to stop Olaf dig­ging his way out again.

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