An otter has been released back into the wild a year after being discovered in an emaciated state and rescued with a bag of prawns.
The six-month old female was weak and undernourished when Moira Banks came across her in her home in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.
She heard a “scratchy‟ sound coming from under the stairs one morning in April last year and was surprised to find a furry face staring back at her when she shone a torch into the darkness.The resourceful animal-lover, who often cares for wildlife in her garden, tempted the otter out of the hidey-hole with a trail of prawns leading to a cat box.
Once the animal was inside the box, Mrs Banks called the RSPCA.The otter was collected by an RSPCA inspector and taken to the charity‟s West Hatch wildlife centre in Somerset. She was treated for bite wounds and an infected foot, and allowed to gradually recuperate in rehabilitation paddocks. Wildlife staff then monitored her and fed her on trout until the weather had settled and she was deemed old and strong enough for release – back near to the same spot where she was found.
Paul Oaten, wildlife supervisor at West Hatch, said: “It is not unusual for otters to go into houses when they are in as bad a condition as this little one was.”She was very lucky to find her way into the house of someone so quick-thinking and it is great that she made enough progress to be released back where she belongs nearly a year to the day after she was found.”