The Recorder – Rabbit rescue: Orange Fireplace Division saves furry creature from Millers River

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Revealed: 3/16/2022 8:50:34 PM

ORANGE — It seems the Easter Bunny might be all proper to make dwelling deliveries subsequent month, due to a save by the Orange Fireplace Division.

Officer-in-Cost James Hopkins mentioned his division rescued a wild rabbit from the particles assortment grate earlier than the South Important Avenue dam on the Millers River on Wednesday afternoon. He defined a girl and younger woman strolling a dog observed the rabbit in hassle at roughly 4:50 p.m. and walked throughout Memorial Park to the Fireplace Station at 18 Water St. to tell firefighters.

In keeping with Hopkins, the division deployed a ladder truck and prolonged its aerial ladder so Hopkins may get to the dam’s catwalk, climb down one other ladder and seize the rabbit with a catching internet, ending a one-hour operation.

Wild rabbits have a fame for being nippy, however Hopkins mentioned this explicit bunny was totally exhausted. He mentioned it possible fell into the river and floated downstream to the particles assortment grate.

The rabbit was handed off to Janelle Caron, with Athol-based North Quabbin Regional Animal Management. Hopkins mentioned the rabbit was then taken to a rehabilitator in Hubbardston to dry off and heat up in a single day. It’s going to obtain X-rays on Thursday to find out when it may well be launched again into the wild.

The officer-in-charge mentioned he’s happy his crew may rescue the rabbit as a result of the younger woman who helped report it was fairly apprehensive.

“She was fairly upset about it,” Hopkins mentioned.

In keeping with the Orange Fireplace Division’s Fb web page, Hopkins was assisted by firefighters Brian Boucher and Daniel Emerson. The Orange Police Division was additionally on scene.

Attain Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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