Rescued orphans snuggle up at wildlife sanctuary

Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue in Hemsby are rearing a baby Hare. The young hare has taken on a baby rab

Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue in Hemsby are rearing a baby Hare. The young hare has taken on a baby rabbit, with the bunny usually found cuddling up to the hare.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Meet Kenny Leveret and Barbie the baby bunny – the latest patients to form an unlikely bond at a seaside wildlife hospital.

Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue in Hemsby who have been looking after a young male Muntjac deer which was

Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue in Hemsby who have been looking after a young male Muntjac deer which was hit by a van. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Snuggled up in cosy pink pocket the pair have become inseparable since arriving at Foxy Lodge in Hemsby.

With their lives hanging by the thinnest of threads it was touch and go for both animals with the newborn rabbit facing a particularly tough battle to survive.

But both are now on the mend and happy in each other's company.

It will be some weeks before the pair are released and Kenny (a female despite the name) is still enjoying her bottle, although Barbie (a boy) has moved on to solid food.

Tonia Garner who runs the rescue centre with her husband John said the little rabbit had hardly any fur and its eyes were still tightly closed when it was bought in.

The last survivor of a litter found by builders he had also suffered some cuts and scrapes and looked unlikely to make it.

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Mrs Garner said rabbits were particularly delicate and difficult to rear in captivity but after a few set backs and a richer diet the rabbit recovered.

Meanwhile Kenny was found on his own in a field at about a week old.

Because they were both so small Mrs Garner put them in together and the pair formed and instant bond – the hare mothering the little scrap from the word go.

But the rabbit and the hare are not the only animals to form a weird friendship.

Also bought together by fate and not leaving the other's side are a white domestic rabbit and a muntjac deer.

Although the couple do not usually take pets, the abandoned bunny had been found hopping around Great Yarmouth.

It has already been re-homed once but unexpectedly fathered 10 babies, a shock as it was thought to be a girl. They are now hoping someone else will come forward and take Buddy on.

His best friend Grilles the deer will hopefully be roaming the countryside again soon a remarkable outcome given the state he was in when he arrived.

The unlucky creature was stuck in a vehicle's grille for two hours without the driver knowing.

He was 'cut to ribbons' and had a broken leg which is now healing and seems content in himself.

Other animals on Mr and Mrs Garner's hospital rounds include around 30 hedgehogs who have been over-wintered at their home, four deer, Barney the blind fox, pigeons, doves, crows, magpies and an oyster catcher.

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