Baby otter rescued by the side of a North Yorkshire road is "doing well"

Otter cub found at the side of the road in Pateley Bridge. Credit: RSPCA

An otter cub that was rescued from the side of a road in Pateley Bridge is making a good recovery with the RSPCA.

On Friday April 9, a member of the public spotted the otter which appeared to be stunned on Pie Gill in Heathfield, Pateley Bridge, and took the animal to a nearby vet. 

The vet alerted the RSPCA, and animal rescue officer David Holgate took the otter to the Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre near Nantwich in Cheshire. The centre is the charity's specialist hub for otter rehabilitation.

I have no idea why the otter was found at the road - and wonder if he may have been stunned possibly from a passing car. He certainly seemed to come round on the way to Stapeley Grange and seemed quite bright and alert so I am hoping it won’t be long before he can be released back into the wild. Rescuing and rehabilitating animals like this is such an important part of what we do as a charity.

David Holgate, RSPCA

The otter will be rehabilitated at the centre and once he has recovered he will be returned to the wild.

The RSPCA says the otter is doing well in their care. Credit: RSPCA

Lee Stewart, manager at Stapeley Grange, said, “It is always very exciting to have an otter cub with us as up until the 1970s they were struggling in the wild.

“They weren’t safe from being hunted until 1978, at which point numbers were low, but over time their numbers have steadily started to rise and they have made a comeback in most counties in the UK. As a result we are seeing more being brought into Stapeley Grange. Otter rehabilitation is very specialised and you need to have suitable facilities to care for them.  Young otter cubs can be with us for up to 12 months before they can be returned to the wild so their care is not only time consuming but expensive.“

If a member of the public sees a wild animal in need of help, they can call the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999.