‘Barely Alive’ Otter Cub Recovering

Cally 1A tiny otter cub is making a remarkable recovery in Scottish SPCA care after being found close to death in a car park.

We were alerted to the plight of the seven week old female otter cub when a couple found her lying on the ground motionless in a forestry commission car park at Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute, on New Year’s Day.

Claire Shorthose, an auxiliary inspector for the Scottish SPCA and a practising vet, responded to the call and immediately administered warmed fluids and glucose.

Inspector Shorthose said,

“The couple who found the otter cub took her home and kept her warm until I arrived.

“She was barely alive and in a hypothermic and hypoglycaemic state. I had to stop the van to revive her during the journey but thankfully she pulled through.

“I cared for her until she was stable enough to be transported to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre near Alloa where she is continuing her recovery.”

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River Tay Salmon Fishing Season Gets Under Way

The 2013 salmon fishing season has got under way with a ceremony on the River Tay.

William Jack, chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said catches of spring salmon rose in size to more than 12lbs last year, compared with 10lbs a few years ago.

It is estimated that nearly 7,000 salmon and grilse were caught on the Tay in 2012.

The board has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for spring salmon.

A ceremony to mark the opening of the season, organised by the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist and Angling Associations, with the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB), the Tay Foundation and the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, took place at the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel.

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