Rescued baby otter dies

The baby otter died.
The baby otter died.

A baby otter rescued after floods in Silverdale has died.

Named ‘Storm’ by his rescuers, the starving eight-week-old cub was discovered by a local family underneath a static caravan.

Despite attempts to save him, Storm passed away due to acute renal failure caused by the ingestion of toxic flood water.

It is believed Storm’s den was damaged by floods and his mother either lost or abandoned him in the search for higher ground.

Sarah Neill, an aquarist from the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge on Windermere, was called in to help Storm on Sunday, as part of her role in the rescue and rehabilitation of local otters through national charity the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF).

A spokesperson for the Lakes Aquarium said: “Unfortunately the otter cub grew weak over night and after a visit to the vet he died early this morning (Wednesday).

“Sarah did everything she could for him but he was too weak after losing his mother.”