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Family Saves Orphaned Hare And Releases Her Back Into The Wild—Only For Her Come Back And Visit

Clover the hare was reared by Eliza Terry and her family (Natasha Terry/PA)

A family who hand-reared an orphan baby hare is continuing to receive visits from the animal weeks after she was released back into the wild.

Natasha Terry and her family took the leveret in after finding her in the yard, and cared for her for eight weeks before releasing her into fields near their property in Lincolnshire, England.

But two months on, the hare – named Clover by the family – still regularly comes into the Terrys' yard, and has even ventured back into the house.

“We feel a bit like Snow White really," Mrs. Terry, 43, told the PA news agency.

“She came through the back door into the house, which we were surprised about, and she went upstairs and looked into the mirror on our wardrobe – it was like she'd turned up to check how much she'd grown."

Clover looking in the mirrorClover inspected herself in the mirror during a recent venture into the house (Natasha Terry/PA)

“She's been in a couple of times now – the back door's open and I think she just thought she'd come and see where she used to live."

Mrs. Terry's husband Mark came across the leveret while mowing the lawn, just a day after the family had come across a dead hare in the yard, so they quickly realized she was probably an orphan.

Mrs. Terry said:

“We brought her in and tried a couple of rescues, but it was right at the beginning of lockdown so no one could travel to us, we couldn't travel to them, and there was nowhere local that would be able to take her."

Clover the hare as a babyThe Terry family hand-reared Clover after finding her towards the start of lockdown (Natasha Terry/PA)

Instead they sought out information on the internet, hastily bought supplies, and set about rearing the youngster themselves, feeding her powdered rabbit milk from kitten bottles, before progressing her on to grass, hay and some hard vegetables.

Mrs. Terry has three children – Daisy, 14, Blake, 12, and Eliza, nine – and they took an active role in helping to care for Clover.

“My youngest, Eliza, she'd really like to be a vet so she's very into animals and care of animals and wildlife," Mrs. Terry said.

Clover being bottle fedThe Terry family fed Clover powdered rabbit milk from kitten bottles (Natasha Terry/PA)

“She was particularly interested in keeping charts of her weight and how much she was drinking and that sort of thing."

“Then our middle son Blake, who has autism, also really likes animals, so he was really interested in seeing how she was getting on and being involved in her care."

“They even helped cleaning out and the not so fun jobs."

Clover in the gardenClover got used to the yard before being released into fields (Natasha Terry/PA)

Eliza decided to name her Clover because a few days after they brought her in, she found a four-leaf clover in the garden.

And while the Terrys are no strangers to having animals in the house – having had pets including guinea pigs, a snail and a dog, as well as chickens and a goat – caring for a wild hare was something new.

“It's a bit like what I can imagine having a small kangaroo living in the house would be like, when she got bigger," Mrs. Terry said.

Clover the hare being weighedThe family monitored Clover's weight as she grew (Natasha Terry/PA)

“It's not really like having a little bunny rabbit that quite happily hops around your lounge, she's definitely far more a wild animal.

“And things are very much on her terms – if she didn't want you to touch her, that was it, but if she fancied having a little cuddle she'd come and jump up and sit on your lap."

The family eventually released Clover towards the end of June, into fields at the back of their yard.

Eliza Terry hugging Clover the hareEliza Terry decided to name the hare Clover (Natasha Terry/PA)

“She hopped off and we thought we might see her once or twice but to our surprise she comes back on a daily basis pretty much to come and say hi," Mrs. Terry said.