Officers Stop Traffic On Busy California Highway To Rescue Terrified Rabbit

Domestic rabbits are common indoor pets. Sadly, numerous pet rabbits are released outdoors when their owners no longer can or want to care for them.

Pet rabbits are unable to survive on their own in the wild and releasing them outdoors is illegal in most areas.

Sadly, more and more pet rabbits are being released and many end up in dangerous situations.

A terrified pet rabbit was spotted along a busy highway by a good Samaritan who called Animal Care & Control San Francisco.


The rabbit was hugging the concrete median in fear as vehicles rushed by when the three officers arrived.


Officer Ortega, Officer Tumath and Officer Quirk managed to stop traffic on I-80 Westbound from the Bay Bridge so they could safely corral the rabbit into a cage.

“She is healthy, uninjured and doing well in our care,” posted the shelter on Facebook.

“She will be at the shelter for several days to see if an owner claims her. If no one comes forward, she could go up for adoption early next week. Shelter staff have nicknamed her Elektra after another female daredevil of note.”



The rescue story and photos of “Elektra” were shared on Facebook where one person commented, “Poor rabbit! Thank you to ACOs Quirk, Ortega, and Tumath. Doing a rescue like that on a freeway is dangerous work. Thank goodness you are all safe….and Elektra too!”

Another driver in the area wrote, “Oh my goodness, I saw this rabbit! I was scared to stop and go back, and just did not know what to do. I wasn’t sure how to describe the location, so I didn’t call in. I am so glad that somebody did.”

This story has a happy ending with the rabbit being rescued in time. However, this isn’t always the case. Please contact your local rescue or shelter to surrender your pet if you are unable to care for them. They deserve to find a loving home.

Check out all the adoptable pets at the shelter by clicking here.

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