What Do a Rabbit and a Pit Bull Have in Common?

February 20, 2013 | By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell via Pet360.com | 4 comments

We’ve heard of dogs scaring away burglars, and even cats that have alerted their families to fires, but last week, a great big bunny was the hero when he scared off an intruder.

According to The Daily Mail Online, Toby, a giant British rabbit, scared an intruder from his family’s home by thumping his huge feet.

Kimberly May, who lives with her fiancé and 3-year-old daughter in Plymouth, Devon, U.K., says they were asleep last Wednesday night when she was woken by the sound of Toby thumping his feet in the middle of the night. She didn’t get up to investigate, but when they got up in the morning, they realized some valuables were missing from the home and others has been dropped on the sofa.

May theorizes that when the giant rabbit started thumping his feet, he scared away the intruders. Toby is so large he lives not in a rabbit cage, but in a kennel built for a large dog. He is over 2 feet long and weighs over ten pounds.

The family had just adopted the large black bunny two weeks ago from a rescue center.

“He’s playful, really friendly, and he doesn’t mind my three-year-old crawling all over him. He’s like a small dog really,” May said in an interview with The Daily Mail. “When he thumps on the floor it’s incredibly loud – you can hear it echoing around the house.”

Toby was reportedly still agitated and traumatized when the police arrived; he tried to bite one of the officers.

The police say that while the thumping theory is a possibility, there is no proof Toby had anything to do with scaring off the burglar.

In another heroic pet story from last week, a pit bull named Baby woke her family by barking and pouncing on them when their home in Wellston, Oklahoma caught fire in the middle of the night.

Not only is Baby credited with saving Rhonda Westenberger and her sister from the flames, she went back into the burning house, which by that time had flames shooting out of it, and rescued five other dogs that were too scared to leave the building.

One of the dogs, according to what a family member told the media, was hiding under a bed. Baby grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and dragged it out of the inferno.

The family lost all of their material possessions, but they are alive and their six dogs are safe and sound, thanks to one pit bull.

I bet that family is happy that their town of Wellston, Oklahoma doesn’t have an unfair and misguided ban on pit bulls.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
1 year ago

i bet toby was trying to warn them. this is the cutest picture. and the pit both are heros.

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Brock W.
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Brock W.
1 year ago

I love great stories about animals and how amazing they are! We don't give animals enough credit on what they perceive and then how they act - as per the pit bull above and the fire!

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