An otter cub rescued earlier this year by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue has been returned to the charity’s centre to continue its recovery with another otter.
The otter, affectionately named by carers as ‘Amore’, was rescued by the organisation back in February, as we reported here.
After a period of recovery under the care of the team at Secret World in East Huntspill, Amore was transferred to another animal care centre to be paired with an orphaned otter.
Amore has now been brought back to Secret World for the next stage of its rehabilitation along with another orphaned otter called Amico.
The decision to bring both of them back to Secret World was made after the other animal rescue centre did not have the capacity to care for both of them.
Pauline Kidner, Secret World Wildlife Rescue’s founder, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Otters are sociable animals and Amore needed a friend to play with. After contacting other animal rescue centres, we managed to find Amico to cohabit with Amore. Staff were sad to say goodbye to her but knew how lonely she would be if kept on her own.”
“We are delighted to see Amore back with us. Having a friend and playmate will enhance the rehabilitation of both animals and we’re pleased to say they’re a good match!”
Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea boasts state-of-the-art pre-release facilities for orphaned otters after it received a funding grant in 2010 from W.F. Southall Trust. The facilities were designed to care for the animals over a long period of time.
Amore and Amico will continue to cohabit and recover together for the next 18 months under the supervision of Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers from Secret World. Over that time, they will learn how to swim and catch fish to ensure they are prepared for their release next year.
Once they are ready to be released, the charity will find a suitable and safe site for them.