Orphaned baby red squirrel rescued by dog

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AN orphaned baby squirrel is recovering after a dog returned to it’s owner – with the tiny mammal in its mouth.

The week old red squirrel kit is thought to have fallen out of a tree in woodland in Inverness.

The Scottish SPCA is now looking after the animal, who has been named Squirrelly, at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

Squirrelly was picked up by a dog

Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Squirelly really struggled when he first came in but he is now feeding well.

“It’s likely he has fallen out of a tree as he is too young to be by himself.

“He’s being syringe-fed every two to three hours, between 6am and 11pm, and he’ll then be moved on to solid food.

The tiny mammel is being fed by a syringe

“Soon we’ll be keeping handling to a minimum to ensure he doesn’t become tame.

“Squirrelly will stay with us until he’s about ten weeks old and he’ll then be released back into the wild.”

 

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

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