Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Storm Gertrude sweeps pet rabbit Bumper onto rooftop in Northern Ireland

By Claire Cromie

Published 29/01/2016

A firefighter rescues the rabbit from the roof
A firefighter rescues the rabbit from the roof
A firefighter rescues the rabbit from the roof
The rabbit on the roof

Firefighters have had to rescue a bunny rabbit after Storm Gertrude catapulted him onto the roof of a retirement home in Omagh.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service crew tweeted on Friday: "#OneHappyBunny rescued this morning by #OmaghCrew after #StormGertrude made his hutch airborne".

Pictures (above) showed Bumper the rabbit on the roof of Woodbank House retirement home, the hutch on its side and the firefighter cuddling the presumably terrified bunny in his arms.

"Bumper is now safe in the care of his owner and none the worse for his ordeal. One short extension ladder, one reach pole, and one particularly tasty carrot were used by personnel at the incident," a crew member added.

The incident happened in Deverney Road, Omagh at 9.15am.

The storm has also uprooted trees at the Dark Hedges, the tunnel of trees made world-famous by Game of Thrones.

Roads, train services and electricity supplies have all been disrupted by Gertrude.

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