I've found an Otter cub, what should I do?
It should be quite obvious if the cub is a genuine orphan as it will be very distressed. Cubs make a high pitched whistling noise when calling for their mum. If the cub seems disorientated, lethargic or has an obvious injury then it may well need help. Otter cubs often follow people or dogs if they get lost and can wander for miles.
It may be possible to reunite cubs with their family, in some cases it may also be important to search the area for more cubs. Please always take a note of the exact location you found it.
If you are sure that the cub is orphaned the best course of action is to wrap it in a towel or a jumper and place it in a box. If you have a hot water bottle or heat pad you can place that in the box as well. Please do not try and feed the cub before seeking further advice.
Please be aware that even a very young Otter can have a nasty bite, it is best to wear thick gardening gloves when handling it.
If you are unsure whether or not the cub is orphaned please seek advice from a rescue centre experienced at dealing with otters.