A SEVEN-week-old badger is being cared for at a wildlife rescue centre after it was found at the side of a busy road in Dunbar.

The baby badger, who has been named Crumb by staff at the Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clakcmannanshire, was found last month by a member of the public.

They alerted welfare officers at the charity who collected the young animal who had been wandering alone beside the town road.

Colin Sneddon, rescue centre manager, said: "Crumb is currently being cared for by April Sorley, one of our animal care assistants who also cares for the other small animals at the centre, and has successfully rehabilitated many animals including deer, foxes and otters.

"She will remain at the centre until she is feeding herself and is healthy enough to be released."

The SSPCA advises people who spot a young animal which appears to be on its own to contact them before approaching or touching them, as parents may be nearby.

Mr Sneddon said: "Whilst Crumb needed our help, we would always prefer young animals to be brought up with their parents.

“Anyone who comes across a young badger should give our animal helpline a call on 03000 999 999 before approaching and touching them.”

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