The rain was still coming down when Ferg Horne, a 64-year-old farmer, decided to check on his neighbor’s flock of 40 sheep Saturday morning. Flooding throughout the Otago region had prompted evacuations, road closures and the declaration of a state of emergency — and Horne was far from optimistic about what he’d find when he reached the poor animals.
When Horne arrived, however, he was pleasantly surprised to see the sheep still standing, along with three odd, dark spots perched atop the sea of white wool. The sight confused him, as his neighbor “didn’t have any black-faced sheep,” notes the Associated Press.
Upon closer examination, Horne discovered that the spots were, instead, furry hitchhikers, and he knew he had to gather proof of the remarkable sight. Horne shot a brief video of the great rabbit rescue on his smartphone, which he later sent to his son. The clip found its way to Facebook and a local paper, and the incident has since gone massively viral.