AN ORPHANED fox is being nursed back to health by an animal charity.
A family found the four-week old cub, called Doc, on Saturday March 30 while out walking their dog in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire.
He was taken to the Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire where he is recovering from an injury to his tail.
Doc might have been hurt after fighting with his parents or siblings, or even in an attack by a dog, according to centre manager Colin Seddon.
“He may lose the tip of his tail but this won’t affect his ability to be released back into the wild,” he said.
“Doc has been introduced to another fox cub of a similar age, which is ideal as it means we can now adopt a completely hands-off approach.
“The next stage will be for Doc to be introduced to other cubs who have had a lot less handling and are therefore wilder.
“This will help him develop the type of behaviour needed for him to fend for himself in his natural habitat.
“We’re hopeful that Doc and the other cubs will be released at a carefully selected site when they are at the right age and stage to be able to survive on their own in the wild.”