Crouton the rabbit relocates from South Africa to the UK

Crouton the rabbit relocates from South Africa to the UK

When Nicola and her family decided to move from South Africa to Dorset in England, they didn’t realise how difficult (and expensive) it would be to bring their pet rabbit Crouton to the UK along with their dog and cat. It was going to cost over £2,500 and involve complicated paperwork. So they wrote and asked us about alternative ways to send Crouton to the UK via mainland Europe.

A route was organised via Amsterdam with the help of Duncan Harmse at Petwings SA and Linda at VCK Logistics in Amsterdam. But the challenges weren’t yet over. When Crouton was handed to the KLM handlers at Johannesburg airport, her plastic travel box was rejected! (Rabbits have a reputation for chewing their way out of plastic boxes.) So Duncan and Nicola had to make a dash for a wooden box lined with wire mesh, prepare it and have Crouton handed in in time for the flight.

Fortunately they made it, and Crouton landed safely in Amsterdam. Animalcouriers drove to the Netherlands to collect her — she was blissfully unaware of all the fuss that had gone before. Following a pleasantly uneventful journey to the UK, Crouton was driven down to Dorset by Courier Nigel, where Nicola and her family were over the moon to have her back.

Nicola wrote to say:

“Well, you ALL did it……………Crouton arrived safe and sound in Dorset and you honestly would think she had just been in the car around the block — she is so chilled and calm. The courier explained exactly what had happened with Crouton once she entered the UK and how she had spent the night in his conservatory in a rabbit run stretching, relaxing, eating and hopping around, and was apparently the most ‘chilled’ rabbit he has ever dealt with.

Crouton is now getting her first taste of some lush green English grass and is out in the garden in her new run (although sheltering often in her travel crate as to be perfectly honest it’s bloody freezing here)! To think we left a South African winter of 27 degrees and have come to an English summer of 15 degrees (I have barely taken my coat off)!

Anyway, I cannot thank you all enough for all the hard work and effort you each put in to bringing our precious pets back to the UK. Tonight we will celebrate the entire family being back together again with some much needed Champagne!”

Courier Martin collecting Crouton in Amsterdam

Courier Martin collecting Crouton in Amsterdam

Well travelled Crouton with some of her favourite snacks — lettuce leaves and carrots

Well travelled Crouton with some of her favourite snacks — lettuce leaves and carrots

Crouton overjoyed to be reunited with Nicola's daughter Hannah

Crouton overjoyed to be reunited with Nicola’s daughter Hannah

Looks like Crouton has a lovely garden to romp in

Looks like Crouton has a lovely garden to romp in

By |2016-10-17T10:50:00+00:00Tue, Jun 2, 2015|animal transportation, pet air travel, reunited|21 Comments


  1. scrapydotwo Jun 2, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Thank you for helping people and their beloved pets. I am so glad you could do arrangements from SA to UK (I am ex-SA migrant) 😀

    • Animalcouriers Jun 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      It was a team effort! Did you have trouble getting in/out?

      • scrapydotwo Jun 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        It was to expensive and my dog was already 15 years. I had to put her to sleep because the time in quarantine and trip would have killed her anyway. I moved to New Zealand

  2. easyweimaraner Jun 2, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

    wow that was an adventure for Crouton… and to see how happy Hannah and Crouton look together is worth any effort :o)

    • Animalcouriers Jun 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Crouton was such a relaxed bunny! Not surprised Hannah was very happy to have her home.

  3. Sand Spring Chesapeakes Jun 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    What a cute bunny and such a happy reunion.

  4. Such a well travelled rabbit! So nice that you’re able to help out!

    • Animalcouriers Jun 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      With the three teams on the case, we weren’t going to be beaten 😉

  5. Jovina Coughlin Jun 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Fantastic story and Animalcouriers is so resourceful.

  6. Timothy Price Jun 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    So cute! And Hanna looks so happy with Crouton.

  7. OMG! How adorable!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  8. Shiva & Jaya Jun 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    You does good work. As long as you not gets da snakies we has depurrted to Pole up North, it good.

    XXXX Your elected Purrime Ministerettes of Planeth Purrth serving all anipals except snakies

  9. Marty the Manx Jun 3, 2015 at 2:06 am - Reply

    As always you come to the rescue!!! What a beautiful bunny!

  10. Clowie Jun 3, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    That’s lovely! I’m glad all went well. It looks like Crouton will settle in quickly – totally oblivious to the stress everyone else felt.

  11. becomingcliche Jun 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    That might be the best name I have ever heard for a rabbit.

  12. crazytraintotinkytown Jun 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Now that’s one spoilt rabbit but I’m sure his family think he’s worth it

  13. Linda Anselmi Jun 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Love the way Animal Couriers’ teams roll!

  14. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie Jun 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    so now I know why your services are so well used…and as the human companion to a dachshund I very much appreciate how problems become solutions with Animal Couriers!!! I’d send Baron anywhere in the world with you 🙂

  15. mythreemoggies Jun 10, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Wow that is one long trip 🙂

  16. Nylabluesmum Jun 13, 2015 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Crouton Crouton!!! Wee adore thiss littul bunnie an wee are so happy hee had a safe trip half way ’round thee werld!!!
    **HI-5’SS** Lady Annie frum Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum 🙂 🙂

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