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.”
And so with us well into 2013 I took a bike ride up to my Charters-hall Bike Run for the first time since last September. I brought along some new equipment to test, a monopod for steadier shots and my new Panasonic camcorder which has an amazing 70x zoom.