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SSPCA urge public to be #WildlifeWise during Easter weekend

By Alan Beresford

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THE Scottish SPCA is asking the public to ensure the welfare of wildlife by being #WildlifeWise this Easter.

Help keep Violin the seal and other animals safe this Easter by being #WildlifeWise
Help keep Violin the seal and other animals safe this Easter by being #WildlifeWise

Scotland’s animal welfare charity receives thousands of calls every year to their animal helpline from well-meaning members of the public, who can actually end up disturbing wildlife.

Most commonly the society receives calls and attends rescues of baby birds, foxes, seals and deer but in most cases these animals do not need their help after all.

If an animal is left alone this is not always an immediate cause for concern as for some species it is normal for the mother to leave her young for a period of time.

The society have given helpful tips to observe, wait and then act in order to be #WildlifeWise.

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: “If you do find any baby wildlife, we would ask you to first take a moment to observe their behaviour.

"Please try not to get too close as you could scare them and watch from a safe distance.

“If the animal is showing no signs of pain or injury, please wait and keep checking on it every few hours. If an animal is clearly injured or in distress, call our animal helpline immediately.

“Finally, if the mother has returned over the course of the day there is no need for concern. This is very common behaviour for most wildlife.

“We’d also like to say thank you to the majority of the public for being wildlife wise.”

The Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre will care for over 10,000 wild animals this year. If you spot any injured wildlife please call their helpline on 03000 999 999. If you are unsure whether an animal needs help, please observe the animal and wait before acting in order to be #WildlifeWise.

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