The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a family of eight rabbits were found abandoned inside cardboard boxes at a quarry on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
We were called to rescue the dumped bunnies after a worker at Hillwood Quarry, Newbridge, noticed three crisp boxes had been left at the quarry gates at around 10am on Monday (25 February).
The boxes contained one black adult male and one brown adult female, two brown juvenile males and four babies.
All the rabbits are now being cared for at our Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Balerno, where they have been given affectionate nicknames by staff.
The adult male, believed to be dad, has been named Quaver and the adult female mother has been called Dorito. The young males are McCoy and Walker and the babies are Skip, Hula, Frazzle and Wotsit.
Senior Inspector Stuart Murray said, "Thankfully the rabbits were unharmed but whoever abandoned them had little concern for their welfare.
"They were dumped by the gates like rubbish and they could easily have escaped from the boxes and come to harm as the quarry is located in a busy industrial estate.
"It may be that their owner has become overwhelmed with rabbits, possibly through unplanned litters, but there's no excuse for abandoning animals.
"It's a real shame because they are all in good condition and have been well handled which suggests they have been cared for up until now.
"We'll look after them until we can find them all loving new homes, but in the mean time we are appealing to anyone who recognises the rabbits to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999."
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.