of otter cubs rescued by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife centre
trio of tiny otter clubs has been delivered to Secret World Wildlife
Rescue, near Burnham-On-sea.
pair of tiny otter cubs were discovered by farmers Tony and Pam
Thorne at their Gold Corner, East Huntspill.
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
he realised they were otter cubs, Mr Thorne contacted English
Nature who told him to take them along to Secret World."
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.
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.
Splash and Splosh are now being cared for by Ellie, Judith Sutton
(animal carer) and Lisa Hills (veterinary nurse).
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.
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
care of otter cubs is a long rehabilitation programme, needing
to be cared for until they are 15 - 18 months old.
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!"
anyone sees a dead or injured otter in the vicinity of East Huntspill,
Secret World would very much appreciate being informed.
World Wildlife Rescue Centre