Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

January 10, 2006
Trio of otter cubs rescued by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife centre

The trio of orphaned otter cubs at Secret World [Pic: Secret World]A trio of tiny otter clubs has been delivered to Secret World Wildlife Rescue, near Burnham-On-sea.

A pair of tiny otter cubs were discovered by farmers Tony and Pam Thorne at their Gold Corner, East Huntspill.

"He had heard crying coming from under his shed in the garden near the River Huntspill at 3am on Tuesday morning and by the afternoon the calls had become even more urgent," Pauline Kidner told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

"Once he realised they were otter cubs, Mr Thorne contacted English Nature who told him to take them along to Secret World."

The cubs were extremely cold and hungry when they arrived at the wildlife centre and Ellie West, the animal care manager, quickly placed them into an incubator to recover.

Mr Thorne returned to his home nearly two hours later when a third cub was found near the shed. It is thought that the cub had strayed from the safety of the shed to look for his mother.

One of the tiny otter cubs [Pic: Secret World]Splish, Splash and Splosh are now being cared for by Ellie, Judith Sutton (animal carer) and Lisa Hills (veterinary nurse).

They are only six weeks old and are being fed on the bottle every 3 to 4 hours. The cubs are recovering well from their ordeal. It is not known what happened to the mother.

There has been no road casualties reported and it is lucky that the cubs were so close to someone who was going to be able to help them.

The care of otter cubs is a long rehabilitation programme, needing to be cared for until they are 15 - 18 months old.

"We have reared otters in the past", said Ellie West, "but have always had singles and have had to pass them on to another centre to have company of other otter cubs, only having them back to be released back to the wild. Because this is a family, we want very much to see them through to their release in 2007 but we will need to upgrade our facilities and find the finances to feed them once they start eating fish. These three will probably cost us £100 each week just to pay for their fish!"

If anyone sees a dead or injured otter in the vicinity of East Huntspill, Secret World would very much appreciate being informed.


Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre


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