Orphaned otters start new life in Yorkshire

Credit: Yorkshire Water

Two otters who were separated from their mothers during storms when they were cubs are starting life in a new home in Yorkshire.

Buddy and Holly were rescued by the RSPCA in spring 2020 when they were separated from their mothers during bad weather.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to reunite the cubs with their mothers, the otters were admitted to the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital.

After 15 months of rehabilitation the now-adult otters and are ready for release back into the wild.

A Yorkshire Water site on the banks of the River Ouse, in Yorkshire, has been selected as their new habitat.

The two otters, who are now both now about 16 months old, will be kept in an enclosure at a Yorkshire Water site while they get used to their new surroundings.

After 10 days, they will be released and able to explore their new home on the river bank.

Buddy and Holly Credit: Yorkshire Water

Rob Scrivens, of the RSPCA, said

Sarah Mason, trustee of charity WildAid and strategic change manager for Yorkshire Water, said: "At Yorkshire Water we're passionate about protecting and enhancing the environment we operate in.

"I'm so pleased that Buddy and Holly will be joining us at one of our sites.

"The River Ouse will be a great place for the otters to call home."