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Otter cub rescued after being found huddled in shop doorway

The otter cub is now being cared for by an animal charity. Credit: RSPCA

A lost otter cub who was found huddled in a shop doorway in Mansfield has been rescued.

The four-month-old cub was found on Wednesday (6 February) on Church by a member of the public, looking frightened.

They managed to get the cub into a cat carrier and took her to a vet, who contacted the RSPCA.

She was taken to the Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre where she will be cared for at least eight months before being released back to the wild.

The town centre was very busy so the poor cub must have been terrified.

We can only assume that she was moving with her mum along the River Maun when they got separated, and somehow the cub ended up amongst all the shops.

There is so much traffic and it’s such a built-up area, she is very lucky to not have been hit by a car.

– Inspector Deborah Scotcher
Olivia the Otter Cub was found huddled in a shop doorway. Credit: RSPCA

The otter cub has been named Olivia and is currently on a diet of 200g of squashed trout a day.

Lee Stewart, manager of Stapeley Grange, says: “Olivia was still very scared when she came into us but she is being monitored closely by the staff.

"Like all the otter cubs that come into us, she has a long road ahead of her before we can release her back to the wild.”

  • If you see an animal in distress you can ring the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.