An injured two-month-old otter cub has been taken into RSPCA care.
The young otter who had become separated from her mum was found wandering and dazed by walkers at Llanwnda, Gwynedd yesterday (4 March).
RSPCA inspector Andy Broadbent said: “The walkers were extremely concerned about the cub’s welfare so one of them kept an eye on her while the other went to fetch a cat basket to safely confine her. They then contacted us.
“I collected the otter from them and took her to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre for an urgent veterinary check up.
“The otter was found to have a lame leg and will be kept in for observations and treatment. Once fit and healthy the otter will be released back into the wild where he belongs.”
Lee Stewart, manager at Stapeley Grange, said: “At the moment she is being fed twice a day on fresh trout. She weighed 1.3kg when she came into us and she is doing well.
“We are monitoring her closely since she arrived and she is doing well considering what she has been through.
“This is the sixth otter we have had in so far this year so it has been unprecedented for otter admissions.”
Wild animals can scratch and bite when frightened, particularly if they are injured. If in doubt, keep a safe distance and call us. For further information please visit our website, https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/injuredanimals In particular we recommend members of the public do not handle otters.
If you see an animal in distress you can ring the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.
If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru rescue animals such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and rely on public donations.