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Storm-hit squirrels find sanctuary

Published 21/09/2011 | 14:01

Four five-week-old squirrel kittens cosy up in a blanket at the Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Morpeth
Four five-week-old squirrel kittens cosy up in a blanket at the Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Morpeth
One of four five-week-old squirrel kittens is fed by volunteer Eileen Welsh at the Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Morpeth
Two of four five-week-old squirrel kittens play around at the Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Morpeth

Five-week-old red squirrel kittens survived being tossed from their nest when the aftermath of Hurricane Katia struck Britain, wildlife volunteers have revealed.

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They were rescued and taken to the Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Ulgham, near Morpeth, Northumberland.

Volunteer Eileen Welsh is providing them with round-the-clock care, including feeding them goat's milk from a tiny bottle every three hours.

The centre, which currently has more than 150 animals, cares for injured and abandoned wildlife as well as many unwanted farm animals and pets. It was established by Kim Olsen and her husband Alan Pettersson in 1993 and opened as a visitor centre in 2004.

Ms Welsh told BBC Look North: "I began feeding them every two-and-a-half to three hours till their last feed at 11pm. Then I'm up again at 6am to start all over again.

"My life is pretty much governed by them at the moment. It takes a lot of time."

Donations can be given to the centre, which is the largest of its kind in the North East, at www.wildlife-sanctuary.co.uk/newsite/

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