Nigel’s Rescue Will Have You Jumping With Joy

Published by Jennifer O'Connor.

Nigel was doomed. Housed in a filthy plastic crate at a decrepit Georgia roadside zoo, this tiny rabbit was picked up by his ears and thrown into a room with a python. The general manager of the facility, called Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, blithely dismissed the rabbit’s anticipated fate as going “in front of the maker.”

Luckily for Nigel, the snake wasn’t hungry that day.

Nigel was rescued by PETA. Rabbits are fastidiously clean, but Nigel had been made to live amid his own waste. His fur was stained with urine.

But today, in his new home, Nigel is clean and healthy and may even be something of a “drama queen.” This black-and-white beauty enjoys snacking on greens and showing off his fleet feet.

This is the second victim PETA has saved from Chestatee. We rescued a chimpanzee named Iris from the same roadside zoo last year with the help of a generous donor.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind