Scottish SPCA release first animal of 2019 back into the wild

The Scottish SPCA released its first animal of the year back into the wild which was in their care at the National Wildlife Centre in Fishcross.

DeerWe responded to a call from a member of the public about a male roe deer which was the victim of a road accident on 31 December.

Centre manager, Colin Seddon, said, “We are happy to have released our first animal of 2019 back into the wild.

“The deer was brought to us by our animal rescue team in Lanarkshire.

“He was heavily concussed but made a speedy recovery overnight to be released on New Year’s Day.

“Road accidents involving deer are common and some are not as lucky as this one but we are delighted to have been able to set him free.

“We had our busiest ever year in 2018 treating over 9800 wildlife casualties and released over 5000 animals back into the wild so this release will be the first of many!”

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

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Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

Wildlife rescue

Every year the Scottish SPCA rescues thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

In 2017 we cared for over 9,600 wild animals - a new record!

We help every kind of wild animal in Scotland and are the only national animal welfare charity which rescues birds.

Find out more about our wildlife rescue work.