A starving baby otter which was rescued after high waters damaged its den in Silverdale has died.
The eight-week-old, named Storm, had been in the care of the Lakes Aquarium team at Newby Bridge in South Cumbria after it was discovered by a family underneath their static caravan on Sunday.
It is believed its home was damaged by the recent floods and its mother either lost or abandoned it in the search for higher ground.
But the aquarium said today that the baby cub grew weak overnight and, after a visit to the vet, died early on Wednesday morning from kidney failure caused by ingesting toxic floodwater.
The aquarium said: “Sarah did everything she could for him but unfortunately he was too weak after losing his mother.”
Lakes Aquarium aquarist Sarah Neill was called in to save it as part of her role in the rescue and rehabilitation of local otters through national charity the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF).
As part of organisation’s work, Sarah offers immediate care to the abandoned or injured animals, building up their strength for the long journey to the otter rescue centre on the Isle of Skye where they are cared for before their release back into the wild.
In December, Sarah and the team cared for another otter, called Conrad, who was successfully rescued.
He is now at the Skye rescue centere where he’s being taught how to fend for himself