It almost sounds like something out of a children’s book: On one of the snowiest mornings Dublin has seen in almost 30 years, a baby bunny was found cold, hungry, and shivering on a runway at the Dublin Airport. But no need to fret, because the little rabbit was saved by airport police before anything truly awful could happen to her. The weather in Ireland has been so treacherous, local weather channels have nicknamed Storm Emma “the beast from the east.” With more than 24,000 homes and businesses without power, it’s a miracle this baby bunny survived, but we’re so glad she did, because she’s the sweetest little ball of cuteness you’ve ever seen.
The Dublin Airport posted a Twitter video of the tiny bunny’s rescue on March 3. “A special rescue this morning by one of our Airport Police,” the post reads. “This little fella was taken to safety and given food and heat. We’re happy to report he’s safe and well.” Watch the clip below to see the little frozen baby being gently carried back to safety.
A special rescue this morning by one of our Airport Police. This little fella was taken to safety & given food and heat. We’re happy to report he’s safe and well. #BeastFromTheEast #Snow #BabyRabbit pic.twitter.com/uyP78y5BOH— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 3, 2018
It wasn’t long before the airport police found out that their wee hare was actually a she, not a he. Once inside, the rabbit’s rescuers made sure she was warm, gave her milk, and decided to name her Emma after the record-breaking storm.
But Dublin Airport’s dedication to sharing Emma’s sweet story didn’t stop there. The airport shared the adorable moment Emma received her first meal after being rescued from the cold, too. Watch the cute video of Emma gratefully drinking milk from a syringe below:
Hareport Latest – Emma the baby hare is thriving. Here she is enjoying her first feed after being rescued @DublinAirport. We'll release her back into the wild as soon as she's ready. #HareEmma #DublinHareport pic.twitter.com/Xj7QWfBbaT— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 4, 2018
Emma’s now being nursed back to health by the policeman who saved her from the runway until she can be released into the wild where she belongs. If we’re being completely honest, we’d have a hard time letting that little cutie go! Even the policeman’s family dog, Lou — one of the K9 dogs who led airport police to Emma — seems to like her. (Or at least finds her interesting!)
Now that’s the kind of happy ending we like to see! Everyone involved in baby Emma’s rescue at Dublin “Hareport” deserves a big pat on the back, because every gesture and every creature — small or large — matter in this big, wild world we all share.