WILD RABBITS SURF ON SHEEP TO FLEE FLOODWATERS
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. ●●●
Rabbits sit on the backs of sheep as they avoid rising floodwaters on a farm near Dunedin, New Zealand.