AN otter cub abandoned by its mother on the banks of a Borders river will soon be starting a new life on Skye, writes Mark Entwistle.
A concerned member of the public spotted the distressed eight-week-old female cub calling for her mother on the bank of the Ale Water near Lilliesleaf, and contacted the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for help.
Local Senior Inspector Jenny Scott collected the female cub, who has been named Rose, and took her to the Scottish SPCA’s Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fife where she is thriving.
Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “I advised the lady who found Rose to leave her and check back in an hour, giving mum a chance to respond to her calls if she was in the area, but the cub was still in some distress when she returned, so she caught and cared for her overnight.
“We then collected Rose and brought her to our centre where she has been coming on leaps and bounds. She is now 10 weeks old and fully weaned.
“She has been moved to an outdoor enclosure and has just been introduced to shallow water, which she loves. Once our otter cubs reach this stage, we take a hands-off approach to allow them to develop their natural and healthy fear of humans.
“We will shortly be moving her on to the International Otter Survival Fund on Skye where she will be introduced to other otters and where she will continue her rehabilitation until she is around a year old and ready to be released back to the wild.”