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A rabbit and its owner were recovering Wednesday in South Salt Lake after a house guest apparently decided to attack both with a medieval double-edged sword.
Police spokesman Gary Keller said a friend of the family was staying the night at a home near 3460 South and 350 East when the homeowner woke up about 5 a.m. to his daughter's scream.
When he went to investigate, he found his friend carrying the sword, which has a 30-inch blade, and trying to kill the family's pet rabbit, Keller said.
The friend then pointed the sword at the homeowner.
The two scuffled and the homeowner suffered a serious cut to his hand disarming the friend, Keller said.
Both homeowner and rabbit survived, though the rabbit was not walking normally, Keller said.
The friend was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, and cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.