THE Scottish SPCA is caring for four tiny leverets after they were found without their mother in a garden in Kelso.

The week old hares are now being rehabilitated at the charity’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where the fab four have been renamed John, Paul, George and Ringo from the world-famous band, The Beatles.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said: “The caller was concerned about a cat attacking them so gave us a call.

“If they hadn’t been in danger of an attack we would have left them as the mother hare will usually leave them in long grass, under a hedge or in woodlands and will visit them daily at dusk or dawn to feed for roughly 20 minutes.

“So far the little guys are being hand reared and are feeding well. They should be ready for release at about eight weeks once they are self-feeding and have spent some time in our outdoor aviaries.”

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