Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre

RSPCA rescue otterly adorable orphan from garden

The RSPCA were called to rescue a tiny, baby otter found all alone in a Lancashire garden this week.

A man called the animal welfare charity on Monday morning (7 November) after spotting the little mammal alone in his garden in Wordsworth Avenue, Bolton Le Sands, in Carnforth.

RSPCA animal collection officers (ACOs) Robyn Morris and Laura Waters went along to collect the baby.

“The gentleman had spotted the baby in his garden but hoped a parent would come back for her,” ACO Morris said. “However, he became worried for the little otter’s welfare when, 24 hours later, she was still all alone.

“She is only 10-weeks-old so is definitely too young to be on her own.

“She was calling and crying out to her parents and was clearly quite frightened and distressed.


“Luckily, we managed to catch her and took her to Wolfwood wildlife rescue centre for the night before moving her to our own Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.”

The female, who was found in Wordsworth Avenue so has now been named Cloud after the famous poem ‘I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud’, is eating well and and looking strong.


“We would like to remind people that before touching any baby wild animal, we always advise monitoring first to check that it is genuinely orphaned or abandoned, as mum is often nearby and waiting for you to leave.”

If you are concerned for the welfare of a young wild animal that seems to be alone, please watch from a distance and call the RSPCA’s Cruelty & Advice line on 0300 1234 999.

To donate towards the costs of Cloud’s care, please text RSPCA2 to 70007. Tests cost £3 plus standard network rate.