A mechanic investigating faulty heating in a Vauxhall Corsa instantly spotted the source of the problem when he popped the hood and found a rabbit curled up in the engine.
Tallulah, a black-and-white bunny, had disappeared a few days earlier while her owners, Kirk and Kerry Bannister, were away on holiday and she was being looked after by neighbours.
Searches for the pet proved fruitless and her temporary carers had almost given up hope when another neighbour from Clifton, Nottingham, took her car to a garage after the heating started playing up.
Anita Smith said that the mechanic who investigated her car initially thought that the creature in the engine was a dead cat, but there was relief all round when it turned out to be the missing bunny.
Neighbour Sue Minns, who had been looking after Tallulah, said that she could not believe the pet had come to no harm. She said: "The rabbit is absolutely fine, it's quite amazing really."
Ms Smith added that her car's heating had not been working for several days, so it was possible that Tallulah had been curled up in the engine as she drove to and from work.
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