Snow­ball home safe and sound


A rab­bit stolen from an autis­tic Porirua boy has been re­turned safe and sound.

Snow­ball was stolen from Lurene Copp’s front yard on Sun­day night but was re­turned by po­lice af­ter an ea­gle-eyed neigh­bour took the li­cence plate num­ber of the bunny-nap­per.

‘‘My neigh­bour saw the guy get out of his car, pick Snow­ball up, look around and drive off ... she got a great de­scrip­tion of him,’’ Copp said.

‘‘It hap­pened in broad day­light and I just couldn’t be­lieve it. What sort of per­son steals a rab­bit?’’

She was de­lighted to open the door on Mon­day evening to a rab­bit-car­ry­ing po­lice­man.

‘‘The po­lice­man had the biggest smile on his face.’’

It wasn’t the only sur­prise of the evening though. A few hours later an­other po­lice­man with an­other rab­bit ap­peared on the doorstep.

‘‘That one wasn’t Snow­ball – it was very funny.’’

The other rab­bit has been taken to a vet for a checkup. Any­one miss­ing a white rab­bit is asked to con­tact Welling­ton SPCA.

Snow­ball – ‘‘a big friendly rab­bit with red eyes’’ – be­longs to Copp’s 10-year-old son Josh, who likes to tell it sto­ries.

‘‘He has autism and de­layed de­vel­op­ment, and Snow­ball is one of his best friends.

‘‘I still just can­not be­lieve some­one would steal a rab­bit, but I’m just so happy Snow­ball’s home.’’

Copp thanked her ob­ser­vant neigh­bour and the Porirua com­mu­nity who had sent mes­sages of sup­port.

‘‘This is a won­der­ful, won­der­ful place and I’m very happy to live here.’’

In a writ­ten state­ment, Se­nior Sergeant Chanel Chap­man said po­lice were happy to be able to bring Snow­ball home.

‘‘The re­turn of this rab­bit to its owner means a lot more to him that any of us can imag­ine.

‘‘It’s of­ten the lit­tle things that make the biggest dif­fer­ence.

‘‘We took this com­plaint se­ri­ously as the rab­bit was im­por­tant to the child for their well-be­ing.’’

Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft, a spokes­woman said.

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