‘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 Allan

Scotland’s Wildlife is enduring and experiencing the very unusual weather fronts sweeping in over the country for the past two months, the rainfall for this time of year has broken all the records since records began.


This family of swans was spotted by FWN Reporter Colin Statter early this morning, taking  refuge on the banks of the River Allan in the childrens park at Mill Row car park in Dunblane.


The young Cygnets are too young to ensure such a strong current, they would be swept away , the adults took the youngsters into the park during the night, once the levels drop they will safely go back into the river and continue their journey.

One local resident talking to Colin said that this was the first time he had seen swans in the River Allan in the middle of Dunblane.

Colin Statter

All the Rivers in the district rose last night in spates, as seen in these photographs taken by Colin,

The Allan is once,again up in heavy spate the third within a fortnight, forecasters say we can expect similar weather over the next couple of Weeks.


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