Scottish SPCA celebrates Wildlife Week following record number of wild animals cared for

The Scottish SPCA has launched their annual wildlife week following a record number of wild animals taken into their care.

tawny owlsWe cared for 9,359 wild animals in 2016 – a massive 29% increase in just two years. Animals rescued include bats, otters, weasels, seals and more.
Since we opened our new National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross in 2012 we have cared for over 35,000 animals.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Our centre at Fishcross has allowed us to expand the number of wild animals we can care for by including on site veterinary facilities, seal, swan and otter pools, aviaries, wild mammal enclosures, paddocks and a stable block for deer.

“Wildlife Week gives us the opportunity to say thank you to all our supporters who made it possible for us to build and maintain this much needed centre, whilst also showcasing the fantastic work done by the team here.

“At present we have just under 1000 casualties at our centre, including 45 tawny owls who are almost ready for release.

“These tawny owls arrived in our care from all over Scotland, mostly having been found on the ground after being blown out of a tree, disturbed from their nest, or simply fallen while practising their flying ability.

“Our team here have helped get them fit and healthy, all ready for release back into the wild in the coming weeks.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Bird rescued by the Scottish SPCA being fed

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