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Woman spent four days outside to gain abandoned bunny’s trust

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By Jessica Hehir-Smith via SWNS

This heart-warming video shows a young woman who spent FOUR DAYS outside gaining the trust - of an ABANDONED rabbit.

Alicia Castro, 25, spent all day, every day, trying to catch the pet rabbit that had been dumped outside her apartment.

She endured freezing temperatures and talked to the rabbit while leaving food, before finally coaxing him into a crate.

“Tons of people knew the rabbit was there! A few said they tried to catch it but nobody really cared enough to do anything," said the woman from Montana.

"With the cold weather incoming, I knew that time was important and I’d feel so guilty if I didn’t do anything.

“Once I looked in his eyes I knew that I had to save him, no matter what it took.

Video grab of Alicia Castro. (Alicia Castro via SWNS)”

“It was very stressful. I was sick and it was barely above freezing. The entire process took about four days.

"Everyday I would sit outside in the cold with him, gaining his trust, feeding him and trying to get him to climb into my crate.

"Filming the process felt pretty normal for me, but it was great to have so much helpful advice. At first I just had a towel to grab him with but by day four, I had proper food, a crate and knowledge that made rescuing him possible.

“Day three was definitely the hardest. I was so frustrated and started to worry that I would never catch him, not only letting down this poor, helpless rabbit, but also the millions of people who were watching along too."

Alicia's patience paid off and the rabbit, now named Bunny, is living the life of cozy luxury.

“As someone with zero knowledge on rabbit needs or behaviors, having help from all these kind strangers made all the difference," she said.

“I called every Humane Society in the area and they were full, so I planned to foster him until we could find him a good home.

“The more time I spent with this little guy, the more I fell in love with him! I just knew he was supposed to be part of our family.

Video grab of Alicia Castro. (Alicia Castro via SWNS).”

“My partner and I have a cat, Kiki, who we adopted four years ago, so we knew we could only keep him if they could coexist.

"We spend every day acquainting them and getting them used to each other. I’m so happy with the progress we’ve made.

“I’m so glad that I never gave up. Bunny is no longer cold, or hungry, and he’ll never have to go another day without love.

“If you’re aware of a stray animal, or an animal that is being mistreated, please do something about it!

“Even if it’s hard, even if it takes time, don’t give up. There are so many animals that need help and don’t have anybody to stand up for them, so be that person.”

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