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Baby red squirrel rescued after mother hit by car

Ewok the squirrel Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption The baby squirrel has been named Ewok

A baby red squirrel found clinging to its dead mother in Aberdeenshire is being cared for by the Scottish SPCA.

The kit - believed to be about two weeks old - was discovered at the side of a road in Drumoak.

The squirrel is now being looked after at the charity's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire, where staff have named her Ewok.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: "Ewok is our first red squirrel orphan of the year. Her mum was hit by a car."

'Quite delicate'

He added: "It's incredible that she survived given she would have been attached to her mother at the time.

"Ewok is quite delicate but seems to be responding well to treatment.

"Sheelagh McAllister from our centre has been providing her with round the clock care, which includes taking her home in the evenings to syringe feed her through the night.

"Once Ewok is on solid food we'll move her to one of our outdoor enclosures where she'll have lots of space to run, jump and develop her fitness before her release back into the wild."

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