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Bomb Squad Investigates Bag Left At Airport — And Finds It Bursting With Cuteness

They never could have guessed who was inside.

Tensions were high at Australia’s Adelaide Airport on Wednesday evening after a suspicious bag was found to have been left unattended near some restrooms. Naturally, the bright pink package triggered airport security protocol, and soon a bomb squad was on the scene to investigate.

But, as it turns out, what they found inside wasn't dangerous at all — well, unless you happen to be a carrot.

RSPCA South Australia

Upon approaching the bag, authorities' minds were no doubt racing about what they might find inside: TNT affixed to a ticking timer? A mess of colored wires requiring a lucky cut? Perhaps one of those round, black, cartoon bombs with its fuse a-blazing?

Luckily for all involved, instead they found this:

RSPCA South Australia

(Whew.)

The "bomb" was actually a bunny — and a very cute one at that. So, instead of drawing straws about who'd be the defuser, the bomb squad alerted the RSPCA.

RSPCA South Australia

“This is the first job of this kind that I’ve come across in my 26 years of service with RSPCA,” Nalika Van Loenen, rescue officer for the RSPCA, said in a release. She notes that the animal was likely someone's pet: “The young male rabbit is clearly very well socialized and cared for. He is even harness-trained."

But why was the bunny left in a bag all alone in an airport? Van Loenen has a couple of theories.

"His owner could have been leaving the country and knew by leaving their pet in a populated area he would be found and cared for," she said. "Or they may have been planning on smuggling him on board a plane, but backed out at the last minute.”

Either way, it was a turning point for this abandoned rabbit.

RSPCA South Australia

The RSPCA is appealing for the public's help in tracking down the person responsible for abandoning the bunny. In the meantime, however, it's reassuring to know he's getting the care he needs.

To help support rescues like this one, you can donate to the RSPCA