A North-east animal rescue centre welcomed its first patient of the year – just four-and-a-half hours after the bells.
The New Arc, which is based in Ellon, took in an injured deer in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The young Roe deer buck, which was found on the road near Banff after a collision with a vehicle, was promptly transported to the centre in the back of a car.
The animal did not have any broken bones.
However, it was suffering from a severe concussion and was blind when brought to the centre.
Other than that the wild creature appeared to be in reasonably good shape.
The wildlife rescue centre’s second guest of the day was a little auk or dovekie, which is a type of small, long-tailed duck.
The bird was discovered in a wood in the Bridge of Don area of Aberdeen, which is not a usual habitat for the creature.
Staff at the rescue centre checked the bird over and gave him a brief rest and feed before releasing him back into the wild at Newburgh.
After being launched into the air the bird flew off towards the sea.