Posted: Sun 12th Mar 2017

919 Gram Otter Cub Hand-Reared By RSPCA Officer As Part Of Amazing Recovery

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 12th, 2017

An unwell otter cub, rescued by RSPCA Cymru in Llandysul, was hand-reared by an officer from the charity as part of her remarkable recovery process. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Stunning video footage shows the cub during her recovery phases to date, including being fed from a bottle, and sleeping on a blanket in her temporary pen. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Ellie West rescued the six-week-old cub on 15 January, who was found in a very weak and lethargic state in the village of Penrhiwllan. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The otter weighted only 919 grams when found. She was fed through a syringe and hand-reared by the RSPCA officer as part of her immediate rehabilitation. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

She was then transferred to accommodation within a rehabilitation unit, held by a local badger group, giving her a larger pen to continue her recovery. At this new location, ACO West continued to provide care, meals and support to the otter. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The cub is now to be transferred to a specialist wildlife centre, at which it is estimated she will be further rehabilitated for between 12 and 18 months, before being returned to the wild. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

ACO Ellie West said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It was really touch and go for this poor otter cub, who was in a desperately sorry state when I rescued her. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“So much energy and emotion has gone into helping and rehabilitating her, and – thankfully – she responded well to being hand-reared. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Her recovery will now continue at one of our specialist wildlife centres. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It is hoped we will be able to return her to where she belongs – the wild – some time in 2018, which would mark an amazing turnaround from when I first rescued this cub in Llandysul.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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