Otter cub doing well after losing mum in Storm Doris
The young cub was found at the side of a river in Staveley, Chesterfield, very tired and calling out for her mum.
RSPCA Inspector Kristy Ludlam arrived to collect her, and took her to a vet. Kristy says: “This poor little orphan cub was exhausted. We think she must have been separated from her mum during the storm. She had an infection, so she was kept at the vets’ overnight and given antibiotics, fluids and food. Thankfully, she recovered well!”
The otter – who has been named Daffi after daffodils (the first sign of spring!) – is now recovering at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire, where staff are hand-feeding her five times a day.
Lee Stewart, manager at Stapeley Grange, says: “Daffi is very sweet and she is feeding well. At the moment she’s being bottle-fed formula milk six times a day, plus she’s beginning to take small amounts of milk with liquidised bits of trout. When she has put on more weight we will be able to start feeding her chunks of fresh trout.”
Daffi really enjoys her food and it’s very cute watching her moving her paws while she’s eating – see for yourself!
“We are monitoring Daffi closely since she arrived – she is doing really well considering what she’s been through!” adds Lee.