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Orphaned otter rescued in Harris

Almond is now being cared for in the SSPCA's National Wildlife Rescue Centre.

Almond is now being cared for in the SSPCA's National Wildlife Rescue Centre.

An orphaned otter cub is recovering in Scottish SPCA care after being rescued from a croft in the Isle of Harris.

A farmer spotted the distressed cub aimlessly wandering around on the croft in Luskentyre and contacted Scotland’s animal welfare charity for help.

Senior Inspector Calum Watt collected the female cub, who has since been named Almond, and took her to the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where she is currently being cared for.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “Almond will be staying with us until she is at least a year old as otter cubs are dependent on their mother for the first 12 to 18 months of their lives.

“The cub is much too young to be away from her parents which may mean that something has happened to her mother.

“We plan to mix her with another cub as soon as we can as they do far better reared with other otters.

“For now she’s doing fine on her own and we’ll continue to care for her until she is mature enough to fend for herself in the wild.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.

 

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