The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of a pet degu found running around the beer garden of an Edinburgh pub.
We were called to rescue the unusual domestic rodent after customers and staff spotted him scurrying about the cobbled yard at the Horseshoe Inn on Gorgie Road on Monday (16 July).
Now recovering from his adventure at our Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, the degu has been named Bud.
Inspector Sarah Gregory said, "I was called to rescue Bud at around 9.30pm on Monday night.
"Staff had seen a furry creature running around the yard earlier in the day and thought it was possibly a baby squirrel or chinchilla, but it was too fast for them to catch.
"However, he appeared again later that evening when people were outside drinking in the beer garden and staff were able to catch and contain him in a Corona box.
"They'd given him some bread and water and he was none the worse after his day at the pub.
"We're not sure how this little degu came to be found outside. He may have escaped from home or he may, sadly, have been abandoned.
"If no-one comes forward to reclaim Bud then we'll be looking to find him a loving new home."
Degus have become popular pets in recent years. They are active, intelligent and sociable creatures that enjoy living in pairs or small groups.
Anyone who recognises Bud should call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.