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Badger in Valentine's Day stop at Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow

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Media captionA badger is filmed prowling the grounds of Silverburn shopping centre

A badger has been filmed making a Valentine's Day stop at one of Scotland's busiest shopping centres.

Security cameras captured the mammal outside Silverburn, in the Pollok area of Glasgow, at 05:20 on Saturday.

The badger arrived at the back of the centre, near the post office, and spent a few minutes sniffing about before running off towards nearby woodland.

Silverburn manager David Pierotti said the badger was the "strangest visitor" since the centre opened in 2007.

'Welcome back'

"This is probably the strangest visitor we've had at the centre since our doors opened eight years ago, but what a pleasant surprise," he said.

"Of course, the badger is welcome back anytime."

Scottish Badgers' species protection officer, Ian Hutchison, said: "I was intrigued to hear about the sighting of a badger at Silverburn.

"There are certainly a good number of badgers in the local area and they will have adapted well to urban living.

"Our advice if you happen to come across a badger in the open is to leave it alone and walk quietly away."

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