The incident happened yesterday teatime in the back garden of a house on the outskirts of Dewsbury. The two year old was said to be shaken by the completely unprovoked attack, and left with some nasty nip marks. Thankfully, the vicious creature failed to break the skin and draw blood.
This is the sixth such attack on record across the country in recent months, and appears to illustrate a growing trend for rabbits to colonise our towns and cities in a similar manner to the urbanisation of foxes.
Armed police patrols have been stepped up in the area, and householders have been warned to stay indoors and secure windows and cat flaps.
"Best not to leave piles of carrots and lettuce lying around either," Environmental Health Inspector, Ernie Peacock warned. "It only encourages the buggers. And some of them are as big as Alsatian dogs. I blame it all on that top secret government research establishment down the road meself. But of course I could never come out and say that in public."
Deputy PM, Nick Clegg is said to be preparing a video apology to local residents, set to music, which will appear on The Poke website. And go viral. Probably.