Peppa has unexpected trip
For more than 30 hours Peppa was stuck in a dark and sandy rabbit hole – not ideal for a fox terrier with separation anxiety.
But this is a tale with a happy ending. It started routinely enough, Titahi Bay resident Erena Hammon out walking three- year- old foxy Peppa along the beach and up near Arnold Park around noon on March 28.
Peppa was let off her lead to forage in the brush and chase rabbits.
‘‘It’s not unusual for her to have a run, I try to keep a close eye on her though,’’ says Ms Hammon. ‘‘But after 10 minutes I couldn’t see her and then I heard a noise like she was saying ‘ I’m into something here’. I found a large rabbit hole she’d shot into, heard some scraping, then nothing. It was a bit scary.’’
After calling and calling, Ms Hammon went home then returned with a friend and a spade. She could get her arm into the burrow but there was no sign of Peppa.
She enlisted the help of volunteer firefighters but they were afraid digging might trigger a collapse.
‘‘I was hoping she’d got out. Peppa’s a real home body and suffers from separation anxiety, so I was really worried.’’
The next day Ms Hammond talked to everyone she could find at the beach, in the shopping centre and around Arnold Park, even handing out fliers with Peppa’s face on the chance she had escaped.
Returning to the hole 31 hours after Peppa’s fateful hunt, Porirua City Council gardeners Nai Green and Colin Clifton happened upon her and offered their help. Mr Clif- ton had just started using a flax stick to make the burrow wider when Peppa shot out, into the welcoming arms of Ms Green. She looked a bit skinny and shaken, but was otherwise fine.
‘‘I was crying, but they were tears of joy,’’ Ms Green says. ‘‘Peppa’s little eyelids were covered in sand but she was OK, it was great to see her back with Erena.’’
Peppa’s affection for her rescuers was obvious when Kapi-mana News met them last week and Ms Green has vowed to stay in touch with the little foxy.