The Scottish SPCA has issued an appeal after a sugar glider was found clinging onto a washing line on a balcony four-storeys high.
The tiny marsupial – which is not native to the UK – was found attached to a towel in Rutherglen on Thursday.
It is now in the care of the charity’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
Animal rescue officer Amy Stirton said: “We’re not sure how it came to be there, but it could have easily escaped from a cage and have an owner out there looking for it.
“I’ve never come across a sugar glider in Scotland so this was a very unusual rescue.”
Sugar gliders get their name from the fact their diet is high in sweet foods such as nectar and pollen. They can also glide the length of a football pitch in one go due to their tiny webbed ‘wings’.
Ms Stirton added: “Sugar gliders are not native to the UK so we think it must be an escaped pet.
“We are keen to trace the owner as soon as possible.”
If you have any information, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential helpline on 03000 999 999.