Five ducklings are recovering in the Scottish SPCA’s care after falling down a drain in Ellon.
The animal charity was contacted on Tuesday, August 9 after a member of the public spotted the ducklings down a drain in the town.
After being rescued to safety, the lucky ducklings were taken to the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre at Fishcross.
Animal rescue officer, Hannah Gorrara, said: “Some lovely children were able to show me the drain where the ducklings were swimming about at the bottom.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t too big a drop but the ducklings looked completely knackered.
“I think their mother must have lost them on the journey to a new home.”
Hannah added: “It is very sad that they are no longer with their mum but they are doing well in our care and receiving all the attention they need.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to release them back into the wild in about six weeks time once they are fully fit and able to fend for themselves.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA’s animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
The Scottish SPCA is Scotland’s animal welfare charity and rescues animals in danger, investigates cases of animal abuse, helps to prevent animal cruelty while also finding pets new loving homes across the country.