A stolen rabbit posted through a letterbox in a "silly prank" has been returned to its owner, the RSPCA said today.
The white rabbit was discovered by a postman during his rounds on Saturday morning in Maltby, South Yorkshire, on top of the usual letters and cards.
After several people offered to re-home the animal the RSPCA managed to track down the pet's owners, who said it had been taken from its hutch.
A spokesman for the animal charity said: "Fortunately the rabbit was fine and had no injuries despite its ordeal.
"We managed to trace the owner who said that the rabbit had been taken from its hutch in her garden.
"Clearly this was a silly prank that could have resulted in the rabbit being seriously hurt.
"We have launched an investigation, so we will be hoping to track down the culprits and take any appropriate action."
A spokesman for Royal Mail said: "The postman opened the box to find the little white rabbit and straight away called the RSPCA. It was quite small and it is unknown how long it had been in there.
"It's highly unusual. It's a sad thing to see and we're glad for the quick thinking of the postie. We are glad it's safe and sound."
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
The photo prompted some condemnation on Twitter.
Helen Bird tweeted: "This poor, sweet bunny."