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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 September 2005, 18:06 GMT 19:06 UK
Bunny hitches dog ride to safety
Paul Marshall and Chester
Paul Marshall says Chester is fond of chasing rabbits
A dog owner has been explaining how his pet chased a rabbit into a pond but then gave it a lift back to the bank.

Paul Marshall, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, took Chester the Labrador to a local pond where she saw the rabbit.

She chased it into the water but when the rabbit tired it climbed onto Chester's back.

"We called her back and just as she was getting a foothold on the shore, the rabbit scuttled off and made a run for it," Mr Marshall explained.

The 38-year-old added that an outing to the pond at Ravensworth Nurseries near Richmond is a regular evening treat for two-year-old Chester.

"On this evening there was a rabbit grazing right next to the waterside.

Chester with the rabbit on her back
The rabbit climbed onto Chester's back.

"Chester shot after it and it had nowhere to go so it dived straight into the pond."

The dog went into the water after the rabbit which started to swim quickly away.

Mr Marshall went on: "The rabbit then slowed down and moved to turn and climbed onto her back.

"She was aware the rabbit was there but there was little she could do about it."

Mr Marshall, who captured the whole incident on camera, said this is not the first time Chester had tangled with rabbits.

A year ago, she became caught in barbed wire during a chase and was lucky not to lose a leg.

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