Travellers have moved on from an Ellon business park, but left behind rubbish, abandoned and burnt out vehicles and animals.
A burnt out caravan, a further two abandoned caravans and a car were all left behind at Balmacassie Business Park, as well as piles of rubbish and scattered clothing and food.
Local councillors have described the mess left behind as a “devastation”.
Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen visited the area yesterday.
Mrs Owen said: “It looks like a scene of devastation, something you would see in a war zone.
Caravans abandoned, rubbish strewn everywhere, waste food all over the place and sadly a family of ferrets left to perish in a small cage with no food or water.”
Today the council have started the massive clear up operation, which Councillor Owen says is expected to take around two weeks.