You would never guess that a turtle and a bunny would form a special bond. But that’s exactly what happened as the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Hotel In Arizona.
Ron Brink is the lead-ranger at the Ritz Carlton and discovered the wild-born bunny one morning last weekend while checking in on the facility’s resident pet, an African tortoise, named Wamba.
The lost bunny had somehow managed to descend into Wamba’s night shelter, which is equipped with a heat lamp. Rather than drive the little visitor out of her cozy home, the much bigger tortoise was surprisingly accommodating.
“Wamba could have scared the bunny away, but she accepted him,” Brink told The Dodo. And the rabbit is fortunate he wasn’t scared away because he needed a ton of help. “We found that the bunny had stuff wrapped around his neck, like grass and weeds,” he said. “There were four layers of this plant matter wrapped around, constricting so tightly it was embedded in his skin.”
Brink managed to remove the choking plants, as the tortoise looked on. It’s almost certain that the bunny wouldn’t have survived much longer, if not for Wamba’s hospitality.
Wamba herself was the size of a silver dollar when Brink adopted her from a friend who couldn’t keep her. 11 years later, she’s a happy, healthy 50 pound adult, so she knows a thing or two about someone giving others a second chance.
The bunny has bounced back, pun intended, since Wamba and Brink helped him out of his binds. In the coming weeks, he’ll remain under their care until he’s strong enough to be released back into the wild.
But if he decides to stick around with his new tortoise friend instead, Brink says that will be fine as well.