Tayside and Central Scotland

New home for orphaned pine marten Kayleigh

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Image caption The orphaned pine marten was underweight and weak when it was discovered

An eight-week-old orphaned pine marten is being cared for by the Scottish SPCA after being found in Stirlingshire.

The charity was alerted after the female kit, which has been named Kayleigh, was discovered next to a garden pond in Blanefield on 27 May.

It is now being looked after at the Scottish SPCA's national rescue centre.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: "Kayleigh was slightly underweight and weak when she was discovered and there was no sign of her parents.

"When the lady who found her tried to put her in a box to contain her, she curled right up into a little ball and fell asleep."

Mr Seddon said he hoped the pine marten would be released from the centre in Fishcross to its natural habitat by the end of summer.

He said: "She will be released in an area of low pine marten density with the land owner's permission which will strengthen the existing population and encourage growth."

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Image caption Kayleigh will be released back into the wild by the end of summer

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