A rat was spotted in a playpark in Luthermuir earlier this week, the Mearns Community Council heard on Monday night.
The MCC held their monthly meeting on Monday at the Burgh halls in Laurencekirk and were shown pictures of the dead rat in the playpark by one of the community council members.
Janet Anderson of Luthermuir brought the photographs to the meeting to the shock of community and Aberdeenshire councillors.
The meeting heard that the matter had been reported to Aberdeenshire Council and the Mearns Community Council will proceed to write to the local authority about the matter.
On Aberdeenshire Council’s website there is more information on what to do if you find rats in or around your home available at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environmental/pests/rats.