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Orphaned red squirrel found by dog

14 May 2012
Squirrelly being syringe fed.

An orphaned red squirrel found by a dog is now recovering in the Scottish SPCA's care.

We were contacted by a member of the public after his pet returned to him with the one week old kit in its mouth while walking in woodland in Inverness.

The squirrel spent the night at our Highlands and Islands Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre before being taken to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where staff have named him Squirrelly.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said, "Squirelly really struggled when he first came in but he is now feeding well.

"It's likely he has fallen out of a tree as he is too young to be by himself.

"He's being syringe-fed every two to three hours, between 6am and 11pm, and he'llWildlife assistant Sheelagh McAllister feeding Squirrelly then be moved on to solid food.

"Soon we'll be keeping handling to a minimum to ensure he doesn't become tame.

"Squirrelly will stay with us until he's about ten weeks old and he'll then be released back into the wild."

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.