Orphaned otter found calling out in distress


Orphaned otter wrapped up in a blanket © RSPCA

A distressed orphaned otter found in a field in Bridgend has been taken into our care. 

The young male otter - aged around two months - was found in a field quite far from the river in Blackmill, Bridgend, and was heard due to his loud distress calls.

Our Animal Collection Officer, Nicole Wallace, said:

The person who found him initially thought he was a mink from the high pitched sound he was making but on approaching him they realised what he was. There was no mother in sight and he was clearly in distress. Otters usually stay with mum for up to a year.

Pairing up with another otter in our care to help recovery

The young otter was taken to our West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset, for immediate care. He'll soon be transferred to our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire where another otter is being cared for, as it's better for them to be paired up during their rehabilitation. Otters can stay in care for a long time, depending on age and season of admission, so it can be up to a year before they're released back into the wild.

Nicole added:

This otter is in good health and doesn't have any injuries, but sadly has become separated from his mother. I'd like to thank the person who called us about this otter. If anyone see an animal in distress you can ring our 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.

Finding wild animals

Wild animals can scratch and bite when frightened, particularly if they're injured. If you think you've found an orphaned otter cub, always monitor it from a safe distance to see if the parents return. Never try to handle an otter yourself, and if in doubt you can contact us.

What to do if you've found an orphaned animal.