HOPE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Eight rabbits are OK after a vehicle they were being transported in crashed in Hope Township Tuesday.
The crash happened at 1:58 a.m. on Interstate 80 eastbound at mile marker 15, officials said.
Hope and Knowlton Twp. emergency crews arrived on scene to find both occupants out of the vehicle and only complaining of minor injuries.
However, the driver was concerned about the 8 rabbits they were transporting.
New Jersey State Police were on scene and since they are well trained in Sea Girt (Uncooperative Animal Rescue 101), they quickly took charge of gathering up the furry creatures.
One trooper, who has received a PETA award in the past for saving animals in Hope Twp, even did the calculations to determine how large the air holes need to be before the bunnies were placed in the plastic bin.
After taking into account the cubic feet of space in the container, respiratory rate of each rabbit and ambient temperature, the trooper used his tactical knife to skillfully cut holes in the lid of the container.
“Due to this thoughtful act of kindness to the animals, no bunny was injured and all will be just fine,” officials said.
The members of Hope Volunteer Fire Department members who were on scene truly enjoyed witnessing the proper care for our smallest patients in quite some time.
Unfortunately the 8-point Buck that caused the accident didn’t fare as well.
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(Contributed/Photo: Robert Halberstadt | For WRNJ)