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Rare white crow rescued

13 Jun 2012

The Scottish SPCA is caring for a rare white crow which was rescued from a Glasgow garden after being attacked by other birds.

We were called to help the unusual corvid after a resident of Culloden Street, Dennistoun, spotted the bird being mobbed.

Animal Rescue Officer Ashley Griffen collected the crow and took him to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre at Fishcross, near Alloa, where he is recovering from his ordeal. He has been named Snowy.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, "In 30 years of working with wildlife this is the first white crow I have ever handled.

"Snowy is not an albino crow as he has the normal blue eye colour that you would find in a black crow.

"He’s a juvenile bird who was quite weak when we found him but he is recovering well in our care.

"We are rehabilitating him in an aviary along with other birds and crows so this will let us see how he is accepted in a group.

"Clearly he has been able to survive up until now so we want to give him every chance of a normal life "When he’s fully fit, flying well and able to fend for himself we will release him back into the wild close to where he was found."

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