Orphaned otter cub found alone at Fife reservoir

Elfie was found alone at Cameron Reservoir, near St Andrews, on Christmas Day.
Elfie was found alone at Cameron Reservoir, near St Andrews, on Christmas Day.
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An otter cub which was separated from its mother during recent floods is being cared for by the Scottish SPCA.

The animal charity was contacted after the orphaned otter was found alone at Cameron Reservoir, by St Andrews, on Christmas Day.

Elfie is pictured with Sheelagh McAllister from the SSPCA wildlife rescue centre.

Elfie is pictured with Sheelagh McAllister from the SSPCA wildlife rescue centre.

The eight week old cub is now being looked after at the charity’s national wildlife rescue centre in Fishcross, where he has been named Elfie.

Colin Seddon, centre manager, said: “Elfie is in very good condition which suggests he had only recently been parted from his mother when he was found, most likely due to the heavy and high flooding.

“He was really tired when he came in and refused food at first, but began taking milk from a bottle the following day.

“We will soon introduce Elfie to Buddy, an otter cub of a similar age which was found crying out for his mother on a doorstep around a month ago.

“They will stay with us for around a year until they are old enough to fend for themselves back in the wild.”

Mr Seddon added that December was a busy month for the Scottish SPCA with young otters due to the flooding and asked that if members of the public come across a cub in need of help they should contact the charity’s animal helpline on 0300 999 999.