For over 25 years Hessilhead has cared for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife, aiming to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild



January 31st 2017

Yesterday afternoon we got a call from a vet practice in Kirkintilloch, telling us they had an otter cub. Someone would bring it to Hessilhead. This cub was chunky and active, and as soon as I offered him food he grabbed it, and ate it greedily. He was found at Antermoney Loch, near Milton of Campsie, alone and squeaking.

Today the same people who found this cub went back to the loch to search for a sibling. They found a smaller cub, a female, sleeping in the open. It had been raining heavily all morning, and the cub was cold and wet. When she arrived here we gave her fluids and put her in a heated cage to warm up. Later that evening she was up and moving, and after a small feed we put the two cubs together. The bigger cub was finished his fish first, but then the cubs snuggled up together. We left them in the same cage. with a heat pad.


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