An­i­mal magic

Thou­sands of mal­treated and in­jured crea­tures, great and small, are re­stored to health each year at the Na­tional Wildlife Res­cue Cen­tre in Fife

Scottish Field - - WILDLIFE - WORDS & IMAGES POLLY PULLAR

It’s usu­ally the plight of red squir­rels and wild­cats that makes the head­lines, but the Scot­tish So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (the Scot­tish SPCA), makes it its busi­ness to pro­tect all crea­tures, great and small. A state-of-the-art Na­tional Wildlife Res­cue Cen­tre near Al­loa pro­vides the fa­cil­i­ties, while the an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity’s hard-work­ing Above: Colin Sed­don, the cen­tre man­ager, cares for an in­jured seal. Top right: Three lit­tle or­phaned ducks. Right: A baby black­bird at feed­ing time. team takes care of ev­ery­thing from in­jured sea ea­gles to or­phaned hedge­hogs.

The Scot­tish SPCA has come a long way since start­ing up in Ed­in­burgh in 1839 with the aim of im­prov­ing the lot of the work­ing horse. It was not un­til 1930 that the first res­cue cen­tre was opened, near Balerno, pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties for the re­cu­per­a­tion of draft horses and ponies.

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