The Scottish SPCA appeals to the public to be #WildlifeWise about squirrel and fox habitats


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The Scottish SPCA appeals to the public to be #WildlifeWise about squirrel and fox habitats.

The call comes after the animal welfare charity recently saw a rise in avoidable admissions to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre.

Chipmunks and fox cubs started to be taken into the care of the Scottish SPCA after their habitats were destroyed.

Scottish SPCA Director Chris Hogsden said: “Red squirrels are a protected species in Scotland and it is an offense to intentionally injure or damage them.

This includes any structure that a red squirrel uses as a shelter.

“Just [last] On the weekend we had juvenile squirrel groups come into our care after cutting down a tree, which resulted in them being removed from their home.

We tried to reunite them with their mother but unfortunately we had no luck.

“Last week tree surgeons cut down a tree which resulted in two squirrels falling off their litter, one of whom unfortunately had a broken leg which we are now treating.

We are also urging the public to keep their dogs on leads around fox dens after a dog unfortunately raided a den and killed two cubs. Fortunately, two more cubs survived.

“Their mother came back and took the two dead cubs and one of the living ones, leaving one that arrived in our care.

“All of these animals are now in the care of our Wildlife Hospital and currently require around the clock care from our dedicated team, including feedings every two to three hours.

This is months before rehab until they are old enough and strong and strong enough to be released back into the wild.

“Incidents like this are completely avoidable, and we’re asking the public to be #WildlifeWise and help keep these animals in the wild where they belong.

“We are a charity that receives no government funding, so every resource we have is important.

“We know Scotland is a nation of animal lovers, and we have so much amazing wildlife that we can all help protect.

“If you find any sick or injured wildlife, please call our confidential animal helpline on 03000999999.”

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