The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a tarantula was dumped next to a rubbish bin in Glasgow.
We were alerted after a man spotted the creature in a plastic tub at Clyde Place on Thursday (23 August).
The chaco golden knee tarantula was handed in to our Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, where she has been named Rosie.
Chief Inspector Fiona Henderson said, "The man noticed a plastic tub with a ventilated lid beside a bin and, when he went over to investigate, discovered there was a tarantula inside.
"They are popular pets and aren't venomous but most people would probably get a fright if they came across one.
"Thankfully, the man who found Rosie wasn't too fazed and he put the container in his car and brought her straight to us.
"The tub had a ventilated lid, which is made specifically for creatures such as tarantulas.
"It seems that Rosie has just been left there, which was very cruel. Potentially, the tub could have been cleared away with the rubbish if Rosie hadn't been spotted inside.
"Tarantulas might not be everyone's ideal pet, but they are wonderful creatures and certainly don't deserve to be dumped.
"We'll soon be looking to find Rosie a knowledgeable owner who will appreciate her."
Anyone with information is being urged to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.