The RSPCA is appealing for information after five baby hamsters were abandoned in Cornwall.
The RSPCA was alerted after the five youngsters were found squashed inside a small container left outside a shop in Newquay on Wednesday.
They were taken to a nearby vet who alerted the RSPCA.
The hamsters are now being cared for at the RSPCA Venton Animal Centre at St Columb and are staff are now looking for new homes for them.
The RSPCA said that enquiries have revealed a man had been trying to give the creatures away to a local pet shop earlier on Wednesday but the store was unable to help as it had no space.
The baby Syrian hamsters, thought to be about five weeks old, were all squashed into a small plastic animal carrying container and were forced to stand on top of each other due to lack of space.
RSPCA inspector David Hobbs, said: "There is absolutely no excuse for abandoning an animal in this way.
"If people have pets which they can no longer look after for whatever reason then help and advice is available from a number of organisations including the RSPCA."
Inspector Hobbs is now keen to trace the owner of the animals and anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and advice line.