Olaf takes off on big adventure
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.