The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two rabbits were abandoned in a Moray lay-by, one of which sadly died after being run over.
We were contacted by a member of the public who spotted a French lop-eared rabbit on the B9016 Keith to Buckie road on Wednesday (20 February).
When Senior Inspector Lesley Crockett arrived, she discovered a terrified grey rabbit sitting in the lay-by. Unfortunately, a second dark brown rabbit had been killed after being hit by a vehicle.
The surviving rabbit is underweight and had extensive matting to his fur but is now recovering in our care. He has been named Marius.
SI Crockett said, "It appears both rabbits were abandoned in the lay-by, which is approximately half way along the B9016.
"This is a busy road and, while it's tragic one was killed, it's not surprising.
"In my opinion, whoever dumped these rabbits couldn't have cared whether they lived or died.
"Marius is extremely lucky he wasn't injured or killed and we're very glad he is now safe.
"However, he is emaciated and his coat was badly matted and stained yellow as a result of sitting in his own urine.
"Marius is now receiving the care he needs but he is poorly and it's still early days.
"French lops are distinctive rabbits so it's possible someone may recognise Marius and be able to tell us who owned him.
"We'd ask anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible."
Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.