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Edinburgh ferret Mickey did not make London trip

Mickey the ferret
Image caption Staff named the ferret Mickey

A ferret which rail staff thought had travelled on a train from London to Edinburgh has been reunited with his owner.

The male ferret, named Mickey by staff, was found at Haymarket train station on Monday, on platform four when the train from London was in the station.

It was suspected he had jumped off the train after travelling 500 miles on it.

However, his Edinburgh owner said the ferret actually went missing from his home in Stenhouse on Sunday.

Scottish SPCA staff said the owner had never named the two-year-old ferret but referred to him as "Wee man".

The ferret may have followed the tracks all the way into the station, or could have jumped on board a train at either Slateford or Kingsknowe stations to make the two-mile journey from Stenhouse.

Jenny Scott, a Scottish SPCA senior inspector, said: "We are pleased to say that Mickey the ferret has been reunited with his owner after a friend of his owner saw him on the local news.

"He had escaped from his home in the Stenhouse area of Edinburgh on Sunday and had made his way to Haymarket Station where he was found on Monday evening.

"His owner collected him from our Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Balerno on Wednesday afternoon."

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