Animal welfare workers are caring for three adorable young squirrels which were blown out of their nest.
The Scottish SPCA was alerted to the discovery of the helpless creatures in the Killiecrankie area of Perthshire.
The squirrels, named Frodo, Smeagle and Pippin after Lord of the Rings characters, are now being rehabilitated at the charity’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.
Centre Manager Colin Seddon said: “Frodo, Smeagle and Pippin are now being hand reared by Sheelagh McAllister, our Head of Small Mammals.
“Sheelagh has had a vast amount of experience rearing red squirrels and is extremely knowledgeable in the care they require.”
He said: “Frodo, Smeagle and Pippin will remain in our care until they are completely independent. It’s good that they have come in together as this will help their development before their return to the wild, at a supported release site.
“Nesting season for both squirrels and birds is well underway so we urge people to take care when cutting down trees/trimming hedges. It’s best to check for nests first to avoid any accidents.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.