Two new-born otters that were trapped in a water mill in Suffolk have been rescued.

The tiny pups were found by the mill owner in Layham near Hadleigh,after hearing them crying.

When they went to investigate they discovered the pups in their den, but there was no sign of the pups’ mum.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Amy Marjoram said: “We had hoped that she (mum) would have returned to her pups because it would be better for them to remain with her rather than being taken out of the wild and into care.

“They really are the tiniest things, and it’s really sad that their mum has not returned but we will do all we can to keep them safe in the hope of returning them to the wild in the future."

The pups weigh less than 500g each and are less than five weeks old Credit: RSPCA

The otters are now being cared for at the East Winch Wildlife Centre.

Alison Charles, Centre manager said: “These two little fellas have really had a tough time, and it’s so sad that they are not with mum, because in the wild an otter pup can spend the first 18 months of their life with their parent.

“As we are not mum, it does take them a while to get used to feeding from us as they are too small to be given fish just yet. When they came in they were still a little cold but fell asleep on snuggle safes and under a heat lamp."

Staff and volunteers at the centre care for more than 500 wild animals and birds.