Bearded dragon found

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The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of a bearded dragon found enjoying the sunshine in Kirkcudbrightshire.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was contacted by a couple who spotted the creature on Sunday morning, August 12, as they were walking their dog along a country road.

The male bearded dragon is now being cared for at the charity’s Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald, where he has been named Mo – after Mo Farah due to his ability to run very quickly.

Inspector Stewart Taylor said: “The people who found Mo were rather surprised as it’s pretty unusual to come across a bearded dragon on a remote country lane.

“Apparently he was just sitting on top of a fence basking in the sunshine.

“Beardies require heat and Mo was obviously taking advantage of the good weather we enjoyed over the weekend.

“He’s a friendly guy so they didn’t have any trouble taking him back to their home and containing him until we arrived.

“It’s still a bit of a mystery as to how Mo came to be there because it is quite a remote area with no houses close by.

“He’s proving to be a really fast runner so there is a chance he has strayed from home, although we also have to consider that he may have been abandoned.

“We’re keeping an open mind at this stage and we’re very keen to hear from anyone who recognises Mo.”

And the SSPCA is also trying to trace the owner of a pair of ferrets found wandering along a street in Stranraer.

SSPCA officers were called to rescue the albino females after local residents of Moorefield spotted them on Sunday.

Animal rescue officer Arianne Harkness arrived to collect the ferrets, which the couple had scooped up and contained in a box, and they are now both being cared for at Dunragit Kennels, where they have been named Freya and Fay.

Arianne said, “Freya and Fay are both in good condition and they are very friendly, which suggests that they have been well handled.

“The couple who found them were outdoors enjoying the sunshine when the ferrets appeared, one after the other, wandering down the street.

“We don’t know whether the ferrets have been lost or abandoned but we’re keen to see them in a loving home as they would make excellent pets.”

Anyone who recognises Freya and Fay or Mo or wishes to offer them a new home is being asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999

999.