ONE of Scotland's "most invasive" animals were spotted in Dalmuir over the weekend.

A mink was seen in the Forth and Clyde Canal by local resident Karl Byrne while out on one of his daily walks.

Clydebank Post:

Mr Byrne told the Post it was the first time he had seen the animal in this area.

He said: “I went a walk with the kids down by the canal near Farm Road and I always have the kids look out for wildlife.

“I saw something in the water and it looked like an otter. I managed to watch it catch a fish.

"It’s definitely a change from the usual scenery of trolleys and ladders. It was a bit unusual to see it in the canal.

"I’ve seen all different kinds of birds including herons and moorhens, but never that.”

Clydebank Post:

The American mink was brought to the UK in 1929 to establish fur farms. Since then there have reportedly been many escapes.

The semi-aquatic animals are now widespread across Scotland with the exception of the far north of the country and some of the islands.

Clydebank Post:

Minks are predators and eat birds and their eggs, small mammals, fish, amphibians, shellfish, and crustaceans. 

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