"I just looked down and saw this red fluff hanging out of a deep, deep hole," says owner Joanne Hudepohl, "and came screaming home to my children and husband and said, 'I've found him!' I was hysterical, and said he's dead."
But Nigel wasn't, and on closer inspection Robin Hudepohl noticed movement.
"I thought I was seeing things, then I heard this muffled yelping noise and looked up above, thought someone was calling me, and both his legs started twitching - that's when I realised he was still alive."
The Hudepohls couldn't have been happier. Nigel was rushed to the vet. He was hungry and thirsty, and had cheated death.
Nigel can spend Easter with his family and not in the hole they dug for him - or the one he was stuck in.
Read more about Nigel and watch the entertaining video at News 3.
Welcome home little guy.