Beaver kit found by dog walker in Crieff

Wednesday August 9th 2017 at 9:56 AM

A twelve-week-old beaver kit has been found in Crieff.

The animal was taken to a vet in the Perthshire town after a woman’s dog caught him while out for a walk on 20 July.

He has been named Timber by staff at the SSPCA and is now being cared for at the charity’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said: “Timber arrived into our care at only ten weeks old after being caught by a dog on what could have been one of his first times out of the lodge!

“At such a young age, he would have still been taking milk but has moved onto solid food in our care.

“Timber is the first beaver kit we have cared for at our centre in Fishcross so it’s very exciting.

“He will remain in our care for up to two years as this is the length of time beaver kits stay with their parents in the wild. After this they are able to find territories and partners of their own.

“We’ll release Timber back into the wild with the landowners’ permissions along with the appropriate licences once he is matured and ready.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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