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ZEALAND» It was a DUNEDIN, NEW woolly ride, but three wild rab­bits man­aged to es­cape ris­ing flood­wa­ters in New Zealand by clam­ber­ing aboard sheep and surf­ing to safety on their backs.

Ferg Horne, 64, says he’s been farm­ing since he left school at age 15 and has never seen any­thing quite like it.

He was trudg­ing through pelt­ing rain to res­cue a neigh­bor’s 40 sheep from the flood­wa­ters on Satur­day at their South Is­land farm near Dunedin when he spot­ted some dark shapes from a dis­tance. Rab­bits are con­sid­ered a pest to farm­ers in New Zealand, and Horne said typ­i­cally when he sees one, he shoots it. “But they’d showed so much ini­tia­tive, I thought they de­served to live, those rab­bits,” he said. ●●●

Ferg Horne, via AP

Rab­bits sit on the backs of sheep as they avoid ris­ing flood­wa­ters on a farm near Dunedin, New Zealand.

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