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When any wildlife organisation takes part in an animal rescue, its main aim is to ensure the creature is cared for then returned safely to the wild.
Mull Otter Group is pleased to have played a role in the rescue and release of a wild otter.
Back in September 2018, Mull locals Renata and Andrew’s 13-year-old Labrador, Isla, had found a tiny otter cub around six weeks old. Efforts to find her mother came to nothing.
After being cared for by Mull Otter Group’s Sue and Darren Morley and a health check by Helen the vet, Forsa grew strong enough to be transported to SSPCA’s Fishcross Wildlife Rescue Centre. There she was cared for with a companion orphan, Kessock, who had been rescued inland near Inverness.
Almost a year later, Colin Seddon of SSPCA decided that the time had come to release both otters back into the wild.
He found a great spot for them in the Borders, where they are thriving.
The SSPCA has a clear set of criteria for choosing a release site: it must be safe (away from roads) yet accessible (to minimise stress to the otters as they are carried to their new home); there must be evidence of good food supplies but no other otters present.
Forsa was the first to be released, and was ‘very calm and considered’, according to Colin. She is now free to live her life as a wild otter.