Care for orphaned otter cub

The Scottish SPCA is caring for an adorable otter cub who found himself orphaned in Stornoway.

The distressed animal was discovered alone and crying out for its mother by a member of the public on the Isle of Lewis.

The ten week old male is now being rehabilitated at the charity’s wildlife centre in Fishcross, where he has been nicknamed Lewis.

Wildlife Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Otters usually remain with their parents until they’re around a year old so Lewis is far too young to be on his own and wouldn’t have been able to survive in the wild.

“Lewis is being cared for along with two female cubs called Dipper and Dalis who arrived in our care a short while ago as they are around the same age.

“They’re being kept together which is ideal as otter cubs depend on interaction with their own kind.

“Lewis, Dipper and Dalis are getting on very well and will stay together and be released in around 12 months’ time once they are all mature enough to fend for themselves in the wild.”

If anyone discovers an injured or distressed wild animal, call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Orphaned otter Lewis pictured above is being well cared for.