Otter cub found in ditch on road to recovery

The otter cub was found in a steep sided ditch
The otter cub was found in a steep sided ditch

This adorable eight-week-old otter cub was found stuck in a ditch by a caring couple out walking in Cumbria.

The male cub was found in a steep sided ditch full of water in Bowness-on-Solway late on Saturday night, March 21.

Sarah Neill with the otter cubs found abandoned on the Lancaster Canal

Sarah Neill with the otter cubs found abandoned on the Lancaster Canal

He is now being cared for by animal rescuers.

Once he is strong enough, it is hoped he will follow in the footsteps of a pair of otter cubs found abandoned on the Lancaster Canal in 2012, by being released into the wild on the Isle of Skye.

Sarah Neill, who works at the Lakes Aquarium in Ulverston, and is also a marine mammal medic for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, picked up the dehydrated cub on Sunday.

She said: “The couple left him initially in case his mother came back for him and they could still hear his crying from half a kilometre away!

Although he is very small he is already eating mushed up trout...

“Unfortunately when they returned to check on him he was still there and there was still no sign of the mother.

“Fortunately the caring couple contacted the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF), and were able to care for him overnight following their advice.

“I picked him up on Sunday morning.

“Although he is very small he is already eating mushed up trout and he will soon get a check over by the vet.

“He is only about eight to ten weeks old.

“Hopefully he will gain in strength. Initially he was quite dehydrated.

“Once he is stronger and properly weaned I will take him to the IOSF Sanctaury on Skye where he will continue his rehabilitation with them for one year and hopefully follow in the footsteps of Conrad from Coniston and Bubble and Squeak from Lancaster who are all cubs who made it back out into the wild.”

In December 2012, a pair of otter pups were found abandoned, crying, and covered in frost 500m apart on the side of the Lancaster canal.

Eight week old sisters Bubble and Squeak were left to face the elements for 72 hours after seemingly being abandoned by their parents near Garstang.

They made a full recovery and were released back into the wild.