RSPCA Cymru has rescued two ferrets, found running loose at Aberthaw Nature Reserve in South Wales.
The ferrets – one male and one female – are not microchipped, and the RSPCA has launched an appeal for information in the hope of tracking down the owner.
An RSPCA officer was alerted after the ferrets were spotted on Wednesday (9 January).
Inspector Gemma Black was able to rescue the ferrets – who were transferred to the charity’s Merthyr-based clinic for health check, and will require dental work. The ferrets remain in the care of the RSPCA.
A member of the public reported having seen a man in the area walking dogs, who was also carrying ferrets in a box. The man was said to be driving a large Subaru truck.
Inspector Black said: “Sadly, these ferrets are not microchipped. Had they been, we’d easily be able to trace the owner.
“These two ferrets were spotted loose at Aberthaw Nature Reserve on Wednesday, and luckily I was able to collect them.
“Reports suggest a man, driving a Subaru truck, was in the area earlier with dogs, and ferrets in a box. It seems very possible his ferrets have escaped – and are now in our care.
“The man who made those reports was also hugely helpful in assisting me, by showing me where the ferrets were. We’re really grateful to him in helping us look out for these animals.
“Anyone with information that could ensure these ferrets are returned home is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line, on 0300 123 8018.”
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