Nuts way to die: RSPCA find charred remains of a squirrel they think was struck by LIGHTNING 

Nuts way to die: RSPCA find charred remains of a squirrel they think was struck by LIGHTNING

  • RSPCA officers find dead squirrel with all its fur burned off under dog waste bin
  • The squirrel was found in Caerphilly, South Wales burned from head to toe
  • Officers from animal charity say it is unclear if this is ‘something more sinister’

A squirrel has been found burned to death by shocked RSPCA officers who fear it was struck by lightning.

The animal’s charred body was found burned from head to toe in Caerphilly, South Wales underneath a dog waste bin.

The animal welfare charity believe the squirrel could have been killed by a lightning strike after officers found the fur had burned off but its skin was still intact.

RSPCA officers fear the squirrel was struck by lightning. The RSPCA have now launched a public appeal for information in connection with the incident

They said it is unclear whether the incident is linked to a ‘freak accident’ or ‘something more sinister’. 

Vets have not been able to decipher the cause of the squirrel’s burns, which have impacted all of the animal’s body.

The squirrel was found on a public footpath and underneath a dog waste bin on February 11.

The squirrel was found on a public footpath and underneath a dog waste bin on February 11 in Caerphilly, South Wales/ The RSPCA said it is unclear whether the incident is linked to a 'freak accident' or 'something more sinister'

The squirrel was found on a public footpath and underneath a dog waste bin on February 11 in Caerphilly, South Wales/ The RSPCA said it is unclear whether the incident is linked to a ‘freak accident’ or ‘something more sinister’

Vets have not been able to decipher the cause of the squirrel's burns, which have impacted all of the animal's body

Vets have not been able to decipher the cause of the squirrel’s burns, which have impacted all of the animal’s body

The RSPCA have now launched a public appeal for information in connection with the incident.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: ‘This was a highly unusual find with this poor squirrel burned from head to toe.

‘It is unclear whether this was some sort of freak accident, or something more sinister.

‘The animal’s fur is burnt off, but the skin itself remains largely unaffected.

‘We’re unclear whether any foul play from a human is to blame – or whether something like a lightning strike or electric shock may have caught this poor squirrel.

‘Anyone with any information is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.’

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