An RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire is caring for an exotic patient – a South American or ‘ring-tailed’ coati.

The mammal, which is native to South America, was picked up by an RSPCA inspector in North Yorkshire, after he was found wandering loose in a street on Sunday last week (2 April).

The coati – also known as a coatimundi – who has been nicknamed Razzle, was transferred to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in London Road, Nantwich, where … Continue reading…

A holidaymaker had a shock on their return from Thailand while unpacking their suitcase – when they came across a stowaway lizard which is a protected species in its homeland.

The six-inch lizard had burrowed themselves inside a suitcase of diving equipment, which was then transported 6,000 miles across the world by airplane.

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Steve Wickham collected the lizard from the holidaymakers’ home in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, and took it to a specialist reptile centre, where it was … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after five turtles were abandoned in a plastic box at the side of a road in Rugby.

A member of the public found the turtles in a clear 40-litre Wilko box on Daventry Road, in Barby, at 4pm on Thursday last week (16 March).

Four of the turtles have been identified as common musk turtles, and the fifth has been identified as a map turtle. They are now in the care of a specialist … Continue reading…

Workers at a JCB warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent found a surprise stowaway when a praying mantis was discovered hidden in a container from India.

The RSPCA was contacted on Friday (10 March) after the carnivorous insect was found in a container which had come over from India. Staff at the JCB logistics centre, in Lowlands Road, confined the four-inch creature in a box, which was picked up by RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Catherine Strawford.

The insect has now been taken to … Continue reading…

An RSPCA inspector dealt with a job with a sting in its tail – after a stowaway scorpion hid in a suitcase and travelled 5,400 miles from Mexico to Buckinghamshire.

The animal welfare charity was contacted by a holidaymaker who discovered the tiny critter – just 2cm long – while unpacking her suitcase after a break to the country.

The scorpion was contained at the house in Wellesbourne Crescent, in High Wycombe, and picked up by RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith, … Continue reading…