It’s the season for spotting unusual faces at your club’s ground in the name of transfer speculation.
But one unfamiliar face spotted at The Jungle recently had to be rescued by the RSCPA.
Tiger the ferret was found running around the ground on October 1, with animal collection officer Hannah Williams dispatched to catch the little critter.
She said: “Tiger was causing quite the scrum running loose outside the rugby stadium but luckily someone had been able to catch it.
“Ferrets can be fairly feisty and he’d given someone a nip as they tried to catch him so I had to be careful. I knew I had to try and, thankfully, I was able to catch him safe and sound.
“Luckily, by full time, he was captured and safely confined in a pet carrier so I could get him to the vets for a check-up.
“The male polecat ferret – a hybrid between a wild European polecat and a domesticated ferret – wasn’t microchipped so we’re not sure where he’s come from. He may be an escaped pet or the poor little thing might have been abandoned after finding himself in the sin bin.”
Thankfully, Tiger wasn’t injured and is now being cared for by the RSPCA while an owner is sought. He’s been added to PetsLocated and Hannah put up posters in the local area.
“If anyone recognises Tiger or knows someone with a ferret who has gone missing then I’d urge them to give us a call on our appeal line – 0300 123 8018 – and leave me a message,” she said.
“It’d be great to reunite Tiger with his rightful owner. If not, we’ll find him a lovely new home.”