Two helpless little red squirrels are being cared for by an animal charity after being discovered alone in Dundee.
The three-week-old kits were discovered apart from their mother by a dogwalker in a wooded area near to the botanic gardens in the city’s West End.
The sibling squirrels, one male and one female, are now being looked after at the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where staff have named them Red and Ruby.
Both brother and sister will be hand-reared until they are strong enough to fend for themselves outdoors.
Centre manager Colin Sneddon said the pair could have been separated from their mother by accident.
He said: “A member of the public came across the siblings whilst he was taking his dog for a walk.
“They were lucky to have been found as they would have been vulnerable to predators such as foxes, gulls and domestic cats.
“The gentleman took them home and placed them in a container next to his living room window in the sun so they could heat up gradually.
“Their mother may have been moving them when they fell by accident and hasn’t come back for them, possibly because there were people around.
“Red and Ruby are doing well in our care and are currently being hand-reared with formula. When they are fully weaned they will be moved to a large indoor enclosure until they are strong enough to be moved to one of our outdoor enclosures.
“It’s good that they have come in together as this will help their development before they return to the wild.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.