South Scotland

Tiny orphaned weasel found in Newcastleton on the mend

Tiny weasel Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption The weasel was found in the Scottish Borders on 12 May

A tiny orphaned weasel is being nursed back to health by the Scottish SPCA after being found in the Borders.

The three to four-week old animal was discovered in Newcastleton about a fortnight ago.

She is now being rehabilitated at the charity's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where she has been named Susie.

The Scottish SPCA urged anyone discovering an injured or distressed animal to contact them.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: "Susie is only 16 grams at the moment and is being given milk every two hours.

Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption Susie is being given milk every two hours

"She has been showing an interest in chewing recently so we're hoping to try her with solid food soon as weasels start to wean before their eyes are open.

"We have successfully reared other members of the mustelid family before, including badgers, otters, pine martens, stoats and weasels."

However, he said the appearance of the animal now was somewhat deceptive.

"Don't let how cute Susie is fool you, weasels are Britain's smallest carnivore," he said.

"Once fully grown they are fierce hunters and due to their size they are able to pursue mice and voles in their burrows.

"We expect that Susie will weigh approximately 60 grams as an adult, whereas males can weigh up to 170 grams."

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