An RSPCA appeal for information has been launched after the body of a squirrel – burned from head to toe – was found in Caerphilly.
It is unclear whether the incident was linked to a “freak accident” or “something more sinister” – but the animal welfare charity has launched an appeal to the public for information.
Veterinary examination has not been able to decipher the cause of the squirrel’s burns, which have impacted the entirety of the animal’s body. An electric shock or lightning strike have been suggested as possibilities – but the cause remains unclear.
The squirrel was found on a public footpath – underneath a dog waste bin – near Van Road in the South Wales town on 11 February.
RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “This was a highly unusual find near Van Road in Caerphilly; with this poor squirrel burned from head to toe.
“It is unclear whether this was some sort of freak accident, or something more sinister.
“The animal’s fur is burnt off, but the skin itself remains largely unaffected. We’re unclear whether any foul play from a human is to blame – or whether something like a lightning strike or electric shock may have caught this poor squirrel.
“Anyone with any information is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”