14/08/2014 16:47 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Rabbit Hopped Into Schoolgirl's Bag - And Out In Class

Rabbit stows away in 11-year-old girl's school bag and turns up in classroom!

If you thought it was just little lambs who followed girls to school, think again – rabbits are now getting in on the act too.

Ceri Braithwaite, 11, got the shock of her life when she reached into her schoolbag for her pencil case during lessons at Ibstock Community College in Leicestershire and found her pet bunny Nala amongst her exercise books.

The Lionhead rabbit had jumped into Ceri's bag unnoticed when she had been feeding and exercising her pets before school.

"I couldn't believe it when I reached in for my pencil case and she jumped out. One girl screamed but most people just laughed - I was so embarrassed," Ceri told the Daily Mail.

Ceri explained that she had left her bag on the lawn when letting her rabbits out before school, leaving them to run around before heading off to catch her bus. She had thought her bag felt a bit heavy, but put it down to the extra homework she had in there.

Ceri's mum, Janet Sladen, 49, said she assumed Ceri had purposely taken Nala to school when she got the surprise call to go in and collect her.

"When I got the phone call from the school I couldn't believe it, I thought Ceri must have done it deliberately," she said. "But then I realised that while the rabbits are outside every morning she leaves her bag out there with them."

Janet said that usually after Ceri has let the rabbits out, her younger daughter Megan put them away again, before leaving for her own school run.

Ceri added that Nala had been shaking a bit at first after her unexpected arrival in the classroom, but soon calmed down and enjoyed everyone petting her - as well as scoffing a pile of lettuce from the school kitchen.