Otterly adorable cub found orphaned

The Scottish SPCA is caring for an adorable otter cub who found himself orphaned in Grantown-on-Spey.

DylanThe distressed animal was discovered alone and crying out for his mother by a member of the public who handed him into a local veterinary practice.

The ten week old male is now being rehabilitated at our National Wildlife Centre in Fishcross, where he has been named Dylan.

Wildlife Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Otters usually remain with their parents until they’re around a year old.

“Dylan is far too young to be on his own and wouldn’t have been able to survive in the wild if he hadn’t been found.

“He is being cared for along with another three otter cubs that arrived in our care a short while ago after they were found huddled together on a beach.

“At the moment Dylan needs playtime with our staff members as he is on his own but once he is bigger he will be introduced to the others who are of a similar size and age. This is ideal for otters as they need interaction with their own kind.

“Dylan will be released in around a years’ time when he is mature enough to fend for himself in the wild. “

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

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