13 young otters being cared for by Scottish SPCA

The Scottish SPCA is currently caring for 13 young otters at their Wildlife National Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

otterWe are now rehabilitating these adorable otters, with one being named Shrimp.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Ten week old Shrimp was discovered on 12 September in Dumfries after a member of the public feared she had been knocked by a vehicle.

“It's possible her mother was killed or frightened off and she would have died had she not been rescued as she’s far too young to fend for herself.

“She’s not too keen on being handled but Shrimp is doing really well and is feeding herself on trout fillet.

“Shrimp will be introduced to another cub of similar size and they will be released in around a years’ time as a group when they are mature enough to fend for themselves in the wild.

“Anyone who finds an otter cub that is calling for its mother should at first observe from a distance providing the cub is in a safe position. If the mother does not return before dark then the cub will need to be brought into our care. If the cub appears in anyway injured or ill please call our animal helpline immediately and contain the otter if possible.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

Wildlife rescue

Every year the Scottish SPCA rescues thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

In 2016, we cared for over 9,300 wild animals - a new record!

We help every kind of wild animal in Scotland and are the only national animal welfare charity which rescues birds.

Find out more about our wildlife rescue work.