Assuming you are well off enough to have house contents insurance, so you would be confident in receiving compensation for your loss of such items as your computer, television, clothes etc – what would you not leave a burning building without?
Those irreplaceable items such as old photos, first lock of babies hair, a treasured picture or maybe even a pet. A quick poll of the FCCL office has come up with the following list of must take items:-
- Handbag (apparently the entire universe is held within said item )
- A portrait of my son painted by my brother
- The rabbit (various pets have been mentioned)
- Family tree charts
- Spouses Ashes
Now although we are aware of the fire and rescue service coming to the assistance of animals in distress, for example in Vesper Road, Leeds on the 14th October a hawk was rescued from a tree and on 7th October a horse in Bradford was freed when it got its leg stuck in a gap in a bridge nothing quite beats the story of Bibi Bunny a beautiful French lop who lives in Beaulieu, Hampshire.
Bibis house had a chimney fire, and so Bibi's owners (although Bibi herself prefers the term “pets”) stuffed the rather bulky bunny into a cage so she could be safely evacuated should the need arise.
When the firefighters from Beaulieu Station arrived (and one hopes after promptly extinguishing the fire ) they did what all fire fighters do. Stopped long enough for a cup of tea and cuddled the rabbit.