Meerkats, monkeys and an armadillo are among nearly 70 exotic animals seized as part of a major RSPCA investigation.

A specialist zoo vet joined police and RSPCA inspectors to search an address in Worcester on Thursday morning.

Cotton-top tamarins, owls, snapping turtles, parrots, coatis, genets, snakes and porcupines were among the animals seized from the address under the Animal Welfare Act.

The animals will be cared for by specialists pending the outcome of the investigation, the RSPCA said.