A stray ferret was found living under a cattle grid in County Durham as the RSPCA begins the search to reunite the "friendly" pet with her family. 

The ferret, who has been named 'Mimi' by her rescuers was found under the grid on a farm in Cockfield, Bishop Auckland on December 30.

Those who found Mimi put down food for her before contacting the RSPCA, where animal rescue officer Krissy Raine attended and managed to safely coax her out.

The Northern Echo: Mimi found in the cattle grid.Mimi found in the cattle grid. (Image: RSPCA)

Following her rescue, Krissy found that "lovely" Mimi was not microchipped, suspecting she is a family pet as the charity now hopes to relocate her with her owners.

The Northern Echo: Mimi in the cattle grid.Mimi in the cattle grid. (Image: RSPCA)

Krissy said: "She is the most friendly, lovely ferret and is likely to be owned as she was very happy to interact with me.

"She might be a much-loved pet and is being missed by her owner, so we really want to reunite them.

"No one who lives nearby knows who owns the ferret so we can’t be sure how far she has gone on her own - but the most important thing is that we really want to get her home where she belongs."

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The Northern Echo: Mimi the ferret.Mimi the ferret. (Image: RSPCA)

Mimi is now in foster care as the search continues for the RSPCA to find her owner.

If you are the owner of the ferret or have information to help, contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018, quoting reference 01202996.