An escaped tortoise has been found by a walker in Dumfries and Galloway.
A member of the public spotted the male tortoise nicknamed Gonzales while walking in Colvend Woods near Dalbeattie on Tuesday and handed him in to nearby boarding kennels.
Staff at the animal welfare charity are now looking to trace the pet’s owner. It is the second escaped tortoise to be found in the area in as many weeks.
Gonzales is currently being cared for by staff at Dunragit Kennels near Stranraer, who had contacted the Scottish SPCA.
Animal rescue officer Tracy Cannon said: "This is the second tortoise I've rescued in as many weeks which is quite unusual. We can only assume that the short burst of hot weather we had recently has resulted in them escaping from their owners' gardens.
"We don't expect Gonzales to have travelled too far from home, so it may be that his owner resides in the nearby village of Colvend and if so, we'd urge them to come forward to reclaim their missing pet."
Only last week the Scottish SPCA appealed to find the owner of Whizz, a tortoise found crossing a busy road near Annan. Thanks to the local press coverage, not one but two people came forward to claim Whizz, or Zippy as she is actually known, who had been missing from her original home since September 2011.
Anyone who recognises Gonzales should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 and ask to be connected to Dunragit Kennels.