Three Guinea pigs were left abandoned in a pet carrier in Edinburgh prompting an investigation by animal welfare officers.
The animals were discovered on August 3 around 8am by a dog-walker on Corstorphine Hill.
The Scottish SPCA was called to the scene and the animals were taken into care.
Welfare inspectors have urged those struggling to care for a pet to ensure they seek the correct support.
SSPCA inspector Emma Philips said: “The three Guinea pigs are black, tan and white in colour. Two are long-haired and one has shorter hair.
“They were found inside a pet carrier just to the right of the green gate at the entrance to Cortstorphine Hill Nature Reserve.
“We appreciate that times are tough for a lot of people but this is not the correct way to give up an animal if you can no longer care for them.
“Thankfully the Guinea pigs were found in time and they are now receiving the care they need.
“If anyone recognises these animals they should call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”