Appeal after animals abandoned in Midlothian

Skippy the Gecko was found at Straiton Retail Park, Loanhead
Skippy the Gecko was found at Straiton Retail Park, Loanhead

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a lizard and four bunnies were rescued in Midlothian over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was contacted on Monday (May 2) when a gecko was spotted in a skip at Straiton Retail Park, Loanhead, and later when four baby rabbits were abandoned in woodland in Mayfield.

The baby rabbits were found in Mayfield

The baby rabbits were found in Mayfield

All the animals were taken to the charity’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Balerno.

Centre assistant manager Kenny Sharpe said: “The baby rabbits are around five to six weeks old and were cruelly dumped in a plastic container in a wooded area. They are underweight and it is lucky they were found or they would soon have died had they not been preyed upon by other animals.

“Sadly one of the rabbits had seriously swollen eyelids which were sealed shut. Although there was initially some improvement, its condition seriously deteriorated and a vet advised the kindest decision was to put it to sleep to relieve its suffering.

“Our gecko, who we’ve named Skippy, is a bit of a mystery as we’re not sure how he came to be in the skip. He is very thin but is bright and alert.

“It’s possible he was deliberately put inside the skip or he may have strayed from home and ended up in there. The finder took him to the nearby Pets at Home store in case he had gone missing from there but this wasn’t the case.”

If anyone has any information about these incidents they should call the Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.