There's a fascinating tale behind every one of these SSPCA rescues

The SSPCA’s most unusual animal rescues of 2018

The Scottish SPCA was involved in some rather unique rescues in 2018

From foxes to porpoises and a lizard which turned out to be an ornament, officers from Scotland’s animal welfare charity even helped to rescue a non-native raccoon during an eventful 12 months.

This continent-jumping African clawed frog travelled with surprised holiday goers from South Africa to Scotland in a suitcase, and found his forever home at the Butterfly and Insect World in Edinburgh.

1. A frog who hopped from South Africa to Scotland

This continent-jumping African clawed frog travelled with surprised holiday goers from South Africa to Scotland in a suitcase, and found his forever home at the Butterfly and Insect World in Edinburgh.
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A female porpoise was rescued in April after becoming stranded in Grange burn, Grangemouth. It is likely she became disorientated and got caught out by the changing tides. She was moved to deeper water at Blackness.

2. Surprise porpoise in Grangemouth

A female porpoise was rescued in April after becoming stranded in Grange burn, Grangemouth. It is likely she became disorientated and got caught out by the changing tides. She was moved to deeper water at Blackness.
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Two Leith locals kindly took Scottish SPCA animal rescue officers out on their boat to aid a swan with a baseball cap tangled around its foot at The Shore. She returned to her partner, nest and eggs.

3. Local Leithers helped with a swan

Two Leith locals kindly took Scottish SPCA animal rescue officers out on their boat to aid a swan with a baseball cap tangled around its foot at The Shore. She returned to her partner, nest and eggs.
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A beach-ball sized hedgehog suffering from balloon syndrome was looked after for six months following his rescue. Named Zepplin by staff, he was released into the wild in the Perthshire area once better.

4. Zepplin the beach-ball sized hedgehog

A beach-ball sized hedgehog suffering from balloon syndrome was looked after for six months following his rescue. Named Zepplin by staff, he was released into the wild in the Perthshire area once better.
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