A group of guinea pigs were apparently thrown from a car and abandoned in a "heartless" act of animal cruelty, the Scottish SPCA has said.
The guinea pigs were found frightened and wet in bushes close to their upturned and broken hutch in Mugdock country park in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire.
Two of the five animals found were pregnant, and no food or water had been left for them.
The guinea pigs were found by a passer-by and were taken to the Scottish SPCA's Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald.
They have been named Eros, Ruby, Pearl, Jade and Sapphire.
Scottish SPCA ambulance driver Jean MacKay said: "The ranger thinks whoever did this has driven to a quiet area and may have thrown the hutch from their car as it looks like it landed on its roof.
"All of the guinea pigs were out of the hutch when they were found and the poor little things were wet and absolutely terrified.
"It's very lucky someone spotted them when they did. Whoever dumped them hadn't even left any food or water so they wouldn't have survived long if they hadn't been found.
"This was a particularly heartless act which involved two pregnant animals.
"Abandoning any animal is a very irresponsible thing to do but to just dump them in a remote spot is beyond cruel and we're really keen to speak to whoever owned these guinea pigs."