September 15, 2008 / 1:12 PM / 10 years ago

Help police, my bunny's not got floppy ears

Rabbits look at passers-by as they are put on a sale at a market in Alexandria, some 137 miles north of Cairo, April 17, 2006. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters Life!) - Call the cops quick — my new rabbit hasn’t got floppy ears.

It doesn’t sound like a case for Sherlock Holmes but one woman decided it was worth calling the 999 emergency number when her new bunny did not match its newspaper advert description, according to Central Scotland Police.

The force, which said on Monday it wanted to highlight abuse of the 999 phone system, also revealed that two callers had rung up within minutes of each other to complain about being splashed by a car driving through a puddle.

“It is unbelievable that anyone should phone 999 to report being soaked by a passing car, ask for a postcode or report that the item bought from a newspaper advert was not as described,” said Chief Inspector Alan Stewart.

Reporting by Michael Holden

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