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Fundraiser launched for rescued otter cub

On the 7th of January, the UK Wild Otter Trust saved a tiny Eurasian otter cub who was found alone in De Lank Quarry on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

Dave Webb, founder of the wildlife conservation charity specialising in Eurasian otters, collected the cold and tired youngster, thought to be around four months old, who was much improved after being warmed up and eating a fish meal.

The charity has now launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for the first few months of the cub’s rehabilitation, which costs around £2000.

The UK Wild Otter Trust is often called upon to help with orphaned, injured and rescued otter cubs that have been found alone and in need of care. Last year, the charity rescued 35 cubs, its busiest to date, and foresee another busy year ahead, putting a strain on limited funds.

Taking care of otter cubs is a specialised profession, with just a few organisations in the UK capable of doing it. The charity must mimic the mother’s natural behaviour with the cubs, which means caring for each cub for at least a year and teaching it how to hunt, swim, play, fight, and, most importantly, how to be a wild otter! The charity can’t afford to let a cub become humanised or imprinted, so this is a very hands-off and complex process.

The female cub, named Dela after the quarry where she was found, is now in the care of Colin, Director of Otter Welfare and Rehabilitation, who hopes to pair her with Krisi, an otter cub rescued from Marlborough in December. Find out about Krisi’s story here.

If you would like to make a donation to help fund Dela’s rehabilitation – and give other otters a real chance at returning to life in the wild – go to the UK Wild Otter Trust’s fundraiser page. 

To find out more about Eurasian otters and the work of the UK Wild Otter Trust, visit www.ukwildottertrust.org.

All images © UK Wild Otter Trust

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