Rabbits may have achieved fame in cartoon form, with their real-life counterparts languishing in the background, until 2004, when this rabbit alerted its owner to her husband's health condition.

As Mr Simon Steggall, a 42-year man living in Cambridgeshire, went into a diabetic coma, Dory began jumping on his chest and licking at his mouth.

That odd action alerted his wife to his condition, who had thought that he was just sleeping. She then called paramedics, who revived him with an injection of medication.

For Dory's efforts, she was rewarded with a honourary membership with the Rabbit Welfare Association, although Mr Steggall joked that he still had to help her fill out the member application form.