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In pics: Wriggle the otter plays in the snow at Scottish SPCA centre

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AS snow falls across the UK, many animals are heading out to explore their icy surroundings.

The Scottish SPCA rescue centre in Fishcross is one of the many areas to be hit by wintry weather.

The centre is currently looking after Wriggle the otter, who came into the charity’s care after being found at the side of a road in the borders.

Wriggle the Otter (Colin Sneddon, Scottish SPCA)

The frozen flurry has been a hit with Wriggle, who has been snapped playing happily in the snow by centre staff.

Wriggle the Otter (Colin Sneddon, Scottish SPCA)

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “We were alerted to Wriggle after she was found by a vigilant member of public calling for her mother at the side of a road.

“We do whatever we can to engage our otters with different items, especially when they have not yet been introduced to other otters, as they’re very inquisitive and playful creatures.”

Wriggle the Otter (Colin Sneddon, Scottish SPCA)

Colin added, Anyone who finds an otter cub that is calling for its mother should at first observe from a distance providing the cub is in a safe position. If the mother does not return before dark then the cub will need to be brought into our care. If the cub appears in anyway injured or ill please call our animal helpline immediately and contain the otter if possible.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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