An orphaned otter cub is making good progress at an RSPCA wildlife centre, after being rescued from the bank of an estuary in Gwynedd.
A member of the public heard loud squeaking noises while out walking near the village of Talsarnau on Boxing Day and found the young cub on the bank.
The RSPCA says the cub was becoming increasingly distressed and as there was no sign of his parents returning, he was taken into the care of a local vet. He's now being cared for at the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.
Rob Scrivens, otter rehabilitation co-ordinator at Stapeley, said: "This youngster is around 9-10 weeks old and is a really feisty character, which is very good sign. He is currently eating well and seems bright and healthy.
"It is unclear why he was separated from his parents but the recent bad weather could be to blame."He added that once the cub is big and independent enough to fend for himself he will be released back to the wild.
RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts said: "This little otter has somehow become separated from his mother and could have died without intervention.
"We would like to remind people before touching any baby wild animal, we always advise monitoring first to check that it is genuinely orphaned or abandoned, as mum is often nearby and waiting for you to leave."