RSPCA keen to find owner of this ‘well looked-after’ pet who stole the residents’ hearts

A friendly ferret has delighted residents of a care home in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, after wandering into the property and causing mayhem. The RSPCA is now trying to find the owner of this amiable and well cared-for animal.

Nicknamed ‘Bobby’ by the care home residents, the beautiful male ferret found his way into the Acklam Road home on Friday 7 July and bounded around to the delight of the residents. When he was eventually caught by staff, he was temporarily housed in an old rabbit hutch that happened to be in the garden of the property.

Reluctantly realising that they couldn’t keep him, the care home called the RSPCA for help, and RSPCA Inspector Krissy Raine was soon on the scene. She said: “When I arrived at the care home, ‘Bobby’ had stolen the residents’ hearts. Until they caught him, he had been running around from room to room being really friendly with everybody. They really wanted to keep him, but knew that he needed to return to his own home.

“Bobby is such a wonderful character. He is very comfortable with people and I imagine he comes from a loving home as he is in very good condition and has clearly been very well looked-after.”

Until his owner is found, ‘Bobby’ is being fostered at a private address where the cheeky ferret continues to run riot and steal hearts.

Krissy added:  “Someone out there must be missing this cheeky chappie and we’re hoping that when people hear this story it will ring a bell with them.  If you recognise Bobby please call the RSPCA Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018 and leave me a message.”

If you see an animal you have concerns about please call the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

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