We spend a lot of time and resources helping return orphaned otter cubs and sometimes injured adults back in to the wild. We are able to carefully prepare otter cubs and give them a second chance at being a wild otter. This part of our work tends to use up all our extra resources and is costly in terms of man hours, feed and vetinarary costs, but it is what we are about and very rewarding to see the end result, a fiesty wild otter doing what nature intended back in the wild where it belongs.
We have already had a busy start to 2018 with 3 rescued otter cubs this year.
She came in as a small cub of approximately 3 months old, she was found along a river bank in a lady's garden. We guessed she had got washed away from mum after heavy rainfall and possible flooding. We had to feed her up and make sure she put on weight everyday. Then a few weeks later another baby came into us.....
He was brought in to us after loosing his mother and siblings whilst crossing a road, he was very feisty and liked to nip us at only roughly 2 months old. After a few days of him settling in with us we made sure he got introduced to Hazel so they had some company together.
They have recently been released into a private location in the wild to start their journey as wild otters. The release was done with our friends at the UK Wild OtterTrust and with our volunteers. Watch videos of them in the wild on facebook.
Chestnut was our most recent baby cub, she was found by a walker, on her own on the edge of a steep bank around a public footbath. We went to investigate the area and found her curled up in the daylight under some brambles just off the footpath sleeping. She was under weight and clearly de-hydrated as well as having fleas and ticks. This is a clear indication that her mother is not around.We watched for over 6 hours hoping hermother would return but with late afternoon aproaching and this spot being a popular daog walking route we made the decision to bring her to the sanctuary on wellfare grounds. She thrived with us when we took her into our hospital, we removed the ticks and treated the fleas. She gained weight everyday and when she reached about 4 months old she started to be more feisty and otter like. This meant she too was ready for the next stage in her preparation for the wild. So she was also with the UK Wild Otter Trust but has since been released back to the wild. She is in a secluded area near a lake and ponds and will be monitored until she is seen to be thriving on her own.
Keep up to date with photos and videos of our rescue otters by following our Facebook and Instagram posts.