Thursday, 24 April 2014

Thousands of animals rescued by new wildlife centre

The number of injured animals released back into the wild has increased 18% since a wildlife rescue centre opened.

The Scottish SPCA's £3.5m national wildlife rescue centre at Fishcross, near Alloa, opened two years ago.The donation-funded service rescued and released 2,795 animals back into the wild in 2013 alone, and has cared for hundreds more since.

Staff appealed for the public to notify them via the SSPCA hotline when they find a sick or injured wild animal.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said he expected to see more casualties being cared for at the centre by the end of 2014 than ever before.

He said: "The significant rise is probably due to an increased awareness among the Scottish public about how we can help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

"We have also invested significantly in our frontline staff, meaning we have more officers to respond than ever before.

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