Tuesday 31 December 2013

An orphaned otter cub found on the bank of an estuary in Gwynedd is making good progress at an RSPCA wildlife centre.

The male otter cub was discovered by a member of the public after they heard loud squeaking noises while out walking near the village of Talsarnau on Boxing Day.

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When there was no sign of the parents returning and as the cub was becoming increasingly distressed he was taken into the care of a local vet before being transported to the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.

Rob Scrivens, wildlife supervisor and otter rehabilitation co-ordinator at Stapeley said: “This youngster is around 9-10 weeks old and is a really feisty character, which is a very good sign. He is currently eating well and seems bright and healthy. It is unclear why he was separated from his parents but the recent bad weather could be to blame.

“All being well he will be a transferred to the New Forest Wildlife Park where staff are greatly experienced in rehabilitating otters for a return to the wild, usually when the otter is around 9-12 months old.

“Once the otter is big and independent enough to fend for himself in the wild, we will undertake a soft release in an enclosure close to area he was found and all being well a full return to the wild will follow”.

RSPCA Inspector Mark Roberts said: “This little otter has somehow become separated from his mother and could have died without intervention. We would like to remind people that before touching any baby wild animal, we always advise monitoring first to check that it is genuinely orphaned or abandoned, as mum is often nearby and waiting for you to leave.

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“If you are concerned for the welfare of a young wild animal that seems to be alone, please watch from a distance and call the RSPCA’s Cruelty & Advice line on 0300 1234 999″.

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