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Squirrel kit ‘adopted’ by hen rescued

a baby red squirrel hiding in a paw print blanket

We are caring for a red squirrel kit who was found under a hen on 16 August at a farm in Tayport.

The squirrel kit is now in the care of our National Wildlife Rescue Centre where he will be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, Beth Galbraith, said, “We received a call from a member of the public who advised a squirrel had been coming into their hen house and sleeping under a chicken for several days.

“The squirrel kit had likely been separated from his mother and had been seeking warmth and comfort from the hen.

a black hen in a box with straw being lifted up to show a baby red squirrel curled up underneath her

“The hen wasn't fussed at all with the new addition!

“The kit was very thin and dehydrated so is now under the care of our wildlife hospital who will rear him until he is healthy and old enough to be released back into the wild.

“This was a very unusual rescue but also a very cute one!”

Anyone who finds an animal in distress should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999. Advice on squirrels can also be found on our website here.




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