A rabbit that was abandoned with a severely infected head injury has been shortlisted for the PDSA Pet Survivor Award.
Five-year-old Hans, from Richmond in North Yorkshire, incredibly survived an attack from a dog or a fox, but was left with a horrific head injury.
After his rescue, he underwent an emergency operation to repair the damage.
He has now made an astoundingly quick recovery and is up against five other plucky pets for the coveted title of PDSA Pet Survivor 2016.
The award recognises death-defying ‘tails’ of miraculous survival by pets.
Hans was entered into the competition by his new owner, Gwen Butler, who runs a small animal charity named Bunny Burrows.
She said: “A local vet called us asking if we could take in an abandoned rabbit. He was really underweight, his teeth were in an awful state and this old wound on his head was horribly infected.
“I took him to my preferred vet in Leeds who I know is great with rabbits. Hans’ head injury was so bad the vet was unsure if she would be able to save him. But I never give up on pets, however small.
“I’d named him Hans, after the fairy tale author, as he was something of an ugly duckling.
“I hoped that he would eventually turn into a beautiful swan. And he has – my handsome Hans survived against all the odds.”