A pair of orphaned otter cubs rescued by us have become firm friends after they were stranded in separate incidents during the recent storms.

Otter cub © RSPCASanton and Storm are being cared for at our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire after they were both separated from their mothers in river storm surges.

Inspectors were called to collect a 12-week-old female cub after she was discovered shivering and cold in a barn at the back of a pub called Santon Bridge  in Holmerook, Cumbria on Sunday (12 January).

Lee Stewart, centre manager at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre said:

“Santon was found along the River Irt following a massive storm just after New Year.


“The raging river must have washed the cub downstream following the heavy rains, separating her from her mother. The cub was found in a barn at the back of a pub, all forlorn, cold and shivering.


“The owners of the pub took her in and cared for her over the next couple of days before calling the RSPCA.


Otter cub in a box © RSPCA“Our other orphaned otter cub, Storm, has been at Stapeley since he was discovered by a member of the public after they heard loud squeaking noises while out walking near the banks of an estuary in Gwynedd on Boxing Day.


“We have now introduced Santon and Storm and they are doing really well, albeit a little nervous of each other. They are both on a diet of trout and really enjoying it.”

Monitor any baby animal to make sure they are genuinely orphaned

The next stage for Santon and Storm will be the New Forest Wildlife Park where they will remain until they are big and independent enough to fend for themselves. When ready they will be returned back to the wild.

Lee added:

“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.”

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

Find our more about what to do with orphaned or injured wild animals.

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