I've found an Otter cub, what should I do?
should be quite obvious if the cub is a genuine orphan as it will be
very distressed. Cubs make a high pitched whistling noise when calling
for their mum. If the cub seems disorientated, lethargic or has an
obvious injury then it may well need help. Otter cubs often follow
people or dogs if they get lost and can wander for miles.
It may be possible to reunite cubs with their family, in some cases it may also be important to search the area for more cubs. Please always take a note of the exact location you found it.
If you are sure that the cub is orphaned the best course of action is to wrap it in a towel or a jumper and place it in a box. If you have a hot water bottle or heat pad you can place that in the box as well. Please do not try and feed the cub before seeking further advice.
Please be aware that even a very young Otter can have a nasty bite, it is best to wear thick gardening gloves when handling it.
If you are unsure whether or not the cub is orphaned please seek advice from a rescue centre experienced at dealing with otters.
I've found an injured/ill adult Otter, what should I do?
Unless you have experience handling such animals please do not attempt to pick up or move an adult Otter. Even if severely injured, adult Otters can be very dangerous. The best course of action is to stay at a safe distance from the animal and ring for help immediately. If you are unable to stay with the Otter make sure you take the details of it's location so it can be found easily.
For further advice or information please contact us, or alternatively contact another rescue centre that has experience with Otters.