Sunday, December 16, 2018
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Two otter cubs have been taken to Broadford otter hospital.

The two otters, whose names collectively make up the Gaelic for "whisky", will stay at the hospital until they are about a year old.

Uisge was found at Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula after he had lost his mother. Fortunately he was taken to Hamza Yassin, a wildlife photographer who lives there, and he contacted the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) and arranged for the transfer to Skye. Uisge already had tiny teeth and so he was soon tucking into fish soup and is now eating pieces of fish.

 

The second cub, Beatha, was found crying near Aultbea. She is a lot smaller and so is on a bottle of special otter milk.

IOSF is also supporting Ye Myint Lwin in Myanmar, who is caring for three cubs which he rescued from fishermen. 

Ben Yoxon, of IOSF, said “Both cubs are doing really well. Beatha is starting to wean so we hope she too will soon be on fish. It is also exciting to be able to help people working with these wonderful animals abroad. So far we have been able to help people in 35 countries. Looking after the animals keeps us focused even more on the big picture of otters and the threats they face in the world from pollution and the illegal wildlife trade for furs and pets.”

If anyone finds a cub or injured otter please do not touch it but contact IOSF immediately for advice on 01471 822 487.

 

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