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A Rabbit Was Blown Onto A Roof By A Storm

The rabbit was "catapulted" into the air after strong winds blew over its hutch, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue said.

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Firefighters in Northern Ireland were called to the rescue of a rabbit named Bumper after strong winds blew him onto the roof of a residential care home on Friday.

Storm Gertrude has battered parts of the UK with winds of up to 90mph, bringing down power lines in Northern Ireland. More than 40 flood warnings have been issued in Scotland and parts of Yorkshire.

In Omagh, Northern Ireland, where Bumper the rabbit lives, gusts "blew over his hutch catapulting him onto the roof of this bungalow," Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said.

"We tried to figure out how on Earth a rabbit would get on the roof," Caroline Swift a worker at Woodbank House, the care home the rabbit mounted, told the BBC.

"We knew we had to get it down and none of us could climb onto the roof because it was dangerous, so we called the fire service."

Having been coaxed from the roof with "one particularly tasty carrot", Bumper is now safe in the care of his owner, NIRFS said.

The hardy creature is thought to be "none the worse for his ordeal".

Swift said the rabbit would now be renamed "Gertrude Bumper" in honour of its stormy experience.

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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