An otter has been returned to the Swansea Valley following a lengthy period of rehabilitation in the care of the RSPCA Stapeley Grange in Nantwich, Cheshire.
The otter had spent some seven weeks in the care of the animal welfare charity after being found in a worrying state of weakness – she was wobbly on her feet, malnourished, and in urgent need of assistance.
A member of the public had spotted the injured otter on Wednesday 6 May, and contacted RSPCA Cymru.
The otter was transferred by an RSPCA officer to the Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre for rehabilitation; and the poorly animal slowly built her strength back up over a seven week period.
She could then be returned to the wild in the Swansea Valley last Tuesday (23 June), with the release captured on heartwarming video footage.
RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said: “Helping wildlife is often an underappreciated part of the RSPCA’s frontline work – but rescuing and rehabilitating animals like this otter is such an important element of what we do.
“This struggling otter was spotted by a kind-hearted member of the public, and clearly something was wrong.
“She was weak, wobbly and underweight – so we took her to our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre for specialist care and attention.
“Fortunately, after approximately seven weeks of rehabilitation, we were able to return this otter to where she belongs – in the wild.”
Officers from the RSPCA remain on the frontline responding to emergencies during the coronavirus crisis. Should you wish to help the RSPCA help animals like this otter, you can donate online.