Bo’ness workers alert Scottish SPCA to injured animal

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A fox cub is recovering from surgery for a broken leg after eagle-eyed workers at a Bo’ness car wash spotted the injured animal and alerted the Scottish SPCA.

The animal welfare charity was called to rescue the male cub after staff at Grangemouth Road’s Shine ‘N’ Dine noticed the helpless creature cowering in bushes by the roadside.

Animal rescue officer Joanna McDaid coaxed the terrified cub out of the bushes with some food before transporting him to the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre near Alloa. It is now being rehabilitated and staff have named him Forest.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said this week: “Forest came into our care suffering from a broken leg, which he may have sustained after being hit by a car.

“He’s around 12 weeks old and still too young to be away from his mum so it was lucky the guys at the car wash spotted him when they did otherwise he would not have survived outdoors on his own for much longer.”

Forest was quickly x-rayed at the centre and then had surgery to pin his leg. Staff are pleased by his progress, since being rescued on June 5.

Colin said they were ‘very hopeful’ for Forest and would keep doing everything they could to return him to the wild ‘fit, healthy and able to fend for himself’.

*Anyone discovering an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA helpline on 03000 999 999.

For a photo of the rescued fox cub, visit www.bonessjournal.co.uk