After a fantastic escape, the rabbit was rescued from beneath the dashboard.

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After a fantastic escape, the rabbit was rescued from beneath the dashboard.

A rabbit became wedged behind the dashboard of a van and was rescued by firefighters and the RSPCA.

While being driven to her new home, the animal escaped from her hutch and rushed to hide under a hole in the carpet where the automatic van’s clutch would be.

On Monday night, owner Mark Hyde, 51, of Selby, North Yorkshire, contacted the RSPCA for assistance.

Inspector Claire Mitchell sensed the rabbit was out of reach and placed food in her path in the hopes of luring her out.

On Tuesday morning, however, the escape artist was still stranded, so rescue officer Leanne Honess-Heather was dispatched to the area and requested assistance from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“There was no way to grab a hold of this rabbit because of the tiny space she was in and the fact that she was so far up,” she explained.

“I think getting a rabbit out of a magician’s hat would have given me a better chance.

“So I phoned the fire department, and a Selby team was able to rapidly remove the dashboard while simultaneously sealing down any additional escape routes – and she was finally caught and returned to her pleased owner.”

Mr Hyde has decided to name his pet Claire-Leanne after the RSCPA officers who came to her aid, and her male partner Grant after the firefighter who saved her.

“I just couldn’t believe how she managed to climb up there – but I’m so glad she came out of it unscathed,” he said.

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