Glasgow & West Scotland

'Alvin the chipmunk' found in Glasgow bin

Alvin the chipmunk
Image caption Alvin was inside a jar of peanut butter when the Scottish SPCA arrived

A chipmunk is being cared for by an animal welfare charity after being dumped in a wheelie bin.

The animal was rescued from a bin in Glasgow after being found by a resident who was taking out his rubbish.

He was taken to the Scottish SPCA's rescue centre in Hamilton, where staff have named him Alvin.

Alvin was found alongside a black bag of sawdust, food bowls and a water bottle, which suggested he was deliberately abandoned in the bin.

The Scottish SPCA said Alvin was found in the city's Porchester Street on Monday afternoon.

Inspector Stacey Erwin said he was lucky not to have suffocated or been crushed to death.

'Peanut butter'

She added: "The man who found Alvin said he was just sitting on top of the bin bags when he opened the lid.

"By the time we arrived he had hidden away and it was only when we pulled all the contents out that we found him inside a jar of peanut butter.

"It's unlikely that he got in there by accident because we also found a black bag full of sawdust, food bowls and a water bottle, which suggests that his owner has dumped their pet along with its bedding and accessories into the bin."

"We'll care for this little guy until we can find him the loving home he deserves."

The charity has appealed for anyone with information about Alvin's owner to contact them.

Chipmunks are a species of squirrel native to North America but they have become popular pets in recent times.

Only captive-born chipmunks can be kept as pets in the UK.

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