A YOUNG otter found dazed and wandering around an industrial estate has been taken into RSPCA care.
The otter was found by a member of public yesterday morning (16 November) wandering by the industrial units at Kenfig Industrial Estate, which is near Afon Cynffig.
RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis said: “The otter was found cold and lethargic, although once I had put him in my warm van he started to perk up.
“It’s a young cub that may have been displaced due to flooding, following the heavy rain. The otter has now been taken to RSPCA’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre for rehabilitation.
“Unusually, in all my 16 years doing this job, this is the first otter I have collected! I’ve attended to all sorts of animals from a fin whale, seals, exotic lizards, rheas, dolphins you name it, but this was my first otter.”
The RSPCA 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 the RSPCA’s Cruelty & Advice line on 0300 1234 999. Experience is important for the safe handling of animals like otters. Please call us on 0300 1234 999.
To help the RSPCA with rescues like this, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).