Little auks rescued after being blown off course in Scotland

The birds were left weak and thin after their ordeal in Storm Frank. Picture: SSPCA

The birds were left weak and thin after their ordeal in Storm Frank. Picture: SSPCA

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MORE than 100 little auks have been rescued by the Scottish SPCA, after stormy weather blew them off course near Scotland.

Storm Frank’s galeforce winds saw a number of the birds, which breed in Iceland and Greenland, end up along Scotland’s east coast.

And now the animal charity is caring for dozens of the birds at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, in Clackmannanshire.

Centre mananger Colin Seddon said: “Little auks breed in the high arctic areas such as Greenland and Iceland, so it is unusual to see them up close.

“It is not uncommon for them to be found in the North Sea over winter but they have been blown off course during the recent storms and are landing in areas up and down the county, predominately along the East Coast.

“We have just over 100 in our care at the moment which have been caught out by the recent storms.

The little auks are being cared for by the Scottish SPCA. Picture: SSPCA

The little auks are being cared for by the Scottish SPCA. Picture: SSPCA

“The birds we rescued were found weak and thin and would have had great difficulty taking off once grounded.

“If anyone comes across one of these birds they should call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”

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