RSPCA officers have appealed for information after three ferrets were found abandoned within days of each other and seven miles apart.
The white albino ferrets were all discovered in separate incidents by members of the public.
The first was found in a box in the middle of Bilney Woods, West Bilney, on Saturday, August 18 at about 7.30pm.
The male ferret, now named Bill, was taken to East Winch Wildlife Centre and then transferred to the RSPCA Eau Brink Animal Centre.
Inspector Deborah Pert said: “The ferret was physically okay and very friendly. He had been abandoned in a box in the middle of the woods. Luckily, someone spotted him and brought him to the RSPCA centre.
“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way as there are always options available to people if they feel they can no longer cope or look after their pets.
“Abandoning an animal is a cruel and callous thing to do and leaves them exposed to the elements and at risk of predation, or starvation if they are not found in time.”
The second ferret was found on Monday, August 20 in a garden in King’s Lynn and was also taken to East Winch by a member of the public.
He is now being looked after at an Ipswich RSPCA centre. It is unclear whether he was a stray or if he had also been abandoned.
The ferret, named Fenton by staff, will be re-homed if the owner cannot be traced.
The third ferret was abandoned in a poor state in Ashwicken and discovered by a member of the public who took her to the East Winch centre on Tuesday, August 21.
The female was very unsteady on her feet and initially it was feared she was suffering from a neurological disorder or injury. She was taken to a local vets and it is thought her initial unsteadiness was from severe dehydration.
She has been named Lemon and is being fostered by the veterinary nurse who treated her.
None of the ferrets were microchipped and anyone with information is asked to call 0300 1238018.