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'Cold and lethargic' otter taken into RSPCA care

An otter found dazed and wandering around an industrial estate near Afon Cynffig has been taken into RSPCA care.

The otter was described as 'cold and lethargic' when found. Credit: RSPCA

The animal was found by a member of the public yesterday morning, wandering by the industrial units at Kenfig Industrial Estate.

The otter was found cold and lethargic, although once I had put him in my warm van he started to perk up. It’s a young cub that may have been displaced due to flooding, following the heavy rain. The otter has now been taken to RSPCA’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre for rehabilitation. Unusually, in all my 16 years doing this job, this is the first otter I have collected! I’ve attended to all sorts of animals from a fin whale, seals, exotic lizards, rheas, dolphins you name it, but this was my first otter.”

– Nic de Celis, RSPCA inspector
The animal was found by an industrial estate. Credit: RSPCA

If you are concerned for the welfare of a young wild animal that seems to be alone, the RSPCA advice to watch from a distance and call their Cruelty & Advice line on 0300 1234 999.


Appeal to find owner of stray snake

The snow corn snake was found in a car park in Caerphilly on Saturday Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a stray snake was found in a Caerphilly car park.

A member of the public found the snow corn snake, on Saturday 31st October, at Cae Nant Gledyr and contacted the RSPCA.

"We are appealing for information to try and find the owner. We don’t know if this snake is an escapee or has been abandoned. There may well be an owner who is desperately searching for their missing pet snake.

“We are appealing for anyone with information about this corn snake to contact the RSPCA Inspectorate Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”

– Stephanie Davidson, RSPCA animal collection officer

The RSPCA says the snake appears healthy and will be transferred to an exotics specialist and subsequently re-homed if the owner is not found.

Three quarters of public 'support ban on wild animals in circuses'

Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/PA Images

The RSPCA Cymru's been surveying our attitude to wild animals in Wales.

It says the term 'wild animal' means different thing to different people. But the charity classes them as those that are not normally domesticated. The list ranges from badgers to nesting birds, and includes pet snakes and elephants in captivity.

Its report found:

  • 74 percent of the public support a ban on wild animals performing in circuses in Wales after hearing that other European countries have banned animal performances in circuses.
  • 72 percent of those polled in Wales support a ban on the keeping of all primates as pet and recommends that the keeping of primates as pets is banned.

It wants more funding to investigate trade in exotic animals and spot checks on animal sanctuaries. It is also calling for a ban on sky lanterns and snares.

It is hoped this report can be a valuable guide to what is happening in Wales with regard to wild animal welfare and means that problems can be identified and addressed, solutions established, and positive learning replicated across different issues.

– Claire Lawson, Assistant director external relations, RSPCA Wales

We in Wales are at the forefront of implementing higher animal welfare standards.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework sets out our vision for continuing and lasting improvements in standards for kept animals whilst also helping to protect public health and contributing to the economy and the environment.

The Framework represents a significant opportunity for us to focus on delivery to achieve the highest standards of animal health and welfare and this indicator report, which contains a snapshot of some of the animal welfare concerns, provides a baseline of available data and recommendations for improvements.

– Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food
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