Boris Johnson guinea pig look-alike almost freezes to death after being dumped

A guinea pig with a mop of hair which makes him look like Boris Johnson was found dumped in a park almost frozen to death, the Scottish SPCA have said.

The animal was found roaming King George V Park in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, on October 26 next to shavings, suggesting it may have been emptied out on the ground.

No carrier or bowl was found with the hairy rodent, but there was an empty blue bowel, which could show abandonment, the Scottish SPCA said.

He bears a resemblance to The Prime Minister as he has a large white tuft of hair on his head that sticks out in front of his eyes.

Senior Inspector, John Toule, said: "We're not sure how long the Guinea pig had been left in the park or how it came to be there.

"He was spotted by a member of the public along with an empty blue bowl.

"There were also shavings on the ground.

"The scene suggested that a box may have been emptied out, possibly a make-shift home for the large rodent, but there was no carrier or box found."

The SPCA haven't named the creature after BoJo, but chose the name Jareth for the guinea pig instead as the animal charity attempt to track down his original owner.

Senior Inspector, John Toule, said it is fortunate the SPCA found the animal as soon as they did as Jareth may have frozen to death in the recent cold snap.

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Inspector Toule said: "Thankfully, the Guinea pig has no obvious injuries and appears to be in good health.

"We are grateful to the member of the public for alerting us to the Guinea pig.

"If he hadn't been found he could have frozen to death or been found by a larger animal.

"He is now being provided with the care he needs in the safety of our Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

"The team have named him Jareth.

"We are keen to trace the owner of Jareth. If anyone has any information, we would urge them to phone our animal helpline on 03000 999 999. All calls can be treated confidentially."

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