A thin otter cub suffering from hypothermia has been taken into RSPCA care.

The otter was found by a member of the public collapsed and very unwell at the side of the busy A470 in Ganllwyd, Gwynedd, and was rushed to a veterinary practice in Dolgellau.

Otter Dolgellau rescue 5Dec18The vets found the otter to be seriously hypothermic and dehydrated, but luckily the vets managed to warm up and rehydrate the little otter, which weighed just 1.3kg, before contacting RSPCA for assistance.

RSPCA inspector Andy Broadbent said: “It is likely that the young otter cub was washed away during the flooding following storm Diana and ended up strung out at the roadside desperately in need of help.

“I collected him from the vets and transferred him to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre who will continue with treatment and will continue to monitor him closely. They will care for him until he is fit and healthy when he will be released back into the wild where he belongs.

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.