Dory, a 1.5 stone rabbit, has been made the first ever honorary animal member
of the Rabbit Welfare Association.
Dory's actions saved the life of Simon Steggall, 42, of Warboys, when she
jumped up on his chest as he began to slump into a diabetic coma.
The action alerted his wife Victoria to the emergency, which happened in
January this year.
Mrs Steggall, 32, thought he had simply fallen asleep after a hard week at
work and it wasn't until Dory started thumping on his chest and licking round
his mouth that she realised something was terribly wrong.
"Too often they are abandoned alone in a hutch at the bottom of the garden,
forgotten and ignored, when in fact they make excellent house pets.
"Hopefully, rabbits such as Dory will help to raise awareness of rabbits and
just how wonderful they really are."
'A great honour'
Mr Steggall said: "I don't know how she did it but Dory saved my life."
Mrs Stegall said: "It's a great honour. I can't believe it. I'm very
impressed and so is Dory, though I had to help her fill in the application
Ambulance driver Mrs Steggall immediately swung into action and rubbed a
special gel into Simon's gums to try and bring his blood sugar levels back up to
But when that failed she rang 999 for paramedics who injected the BT engineer
with medication to force his liver to dump its store of glucose, which finally
brought him round.
Ingrid Tarrant, Rabbit Welfare Association supporter and experienced rabbit
owner, said the story of Dory came as no surprise to her.
She said: "Rabbits are the most misunderstood of animals; people just don't
realize how intelligent and sociable they are.