A stowaway squirrel who took refuge on a boat is finally back on dry land in Aberdeen after a long journey from India.
Zippy the Indian Squirrel spent about three weeks on the Deep Explorer after making his way onto the ship in India.
He was eventually captured by the crew before the boat docked at Aberdeen’s Clipper Quay on Tuesday.
The North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Center (New Arc) charity was called for help by Pest Solutions in the city, who recovered the squirrel from the ship.
Zippy, so named because he is “very fit and active, and faster than a speedball,” is said to be doing well after the trip.
Palm squirrels, also known as three-banded squirrels, are one of the many types of squirrels found in India.
In a social media post, the charity said: “Although originally stressed and having survived his three-week ocean voyage from India in reasonably good condition, Zippy has now settled down and eat well.
“The task of finding him a specialist, a permanent home, has now begun.”
Keith Marley of New Arc said: “He’s doing well. He was a little tired and freaked out when he first arrived, and he was stressed, but he had a good diet and seems to be behaving pretty much like a squirrel normally would.
He added: “In an ideal world, we would like to send him home, but it is unlikely that we will be able to send him back to India.
“We will be checking zoos to see if anyone has this variety of squirrels in their collection in hopes that we can donate them to them so they can live their lives with their own and hopefully have the, a comfortable life.”
Master Deep Sea Explorer Maciej Wolinski said: “Anyone who has had a squirrel in their home knows how difficult it can be to capture it.
“Our ship team handled the situation in a safe and humane manner, and we made sure the squirrel received the best care possible.
“We wish the squirrel good luck in finding its new home.”
. Squirrel stowaway who traveled India Scotland on boat caught charged by the charity from Aberdeen