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Otter cub orphaned in Fife floods

Elfie the otter cub Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption The eight-week-old cub has been named Elfie

An otter cub has been rescued after being orphaned in the floods in Fife.

The eight-week-old cub was separated from its mother and found alone at Cameron Reservoir on Christmas Day.

It is being cared for at the Scottish SPCA's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where he has been named Elfie.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said "He was really tired when he came in and refused food at first but began taking milk from a bottle the following day."

He added: "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.

"We will soon introduce Elfie to Buddy, an otter cub of a similar age who 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.

"December was a very busy time for us with young otters due to the flooding and we are asking members of the public to contact us."

Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption Buddy the otter was found at the back door of a house in Kirkcudbright

Last month another otter cub was found "crying" on a doorstep in Dumfries and Galloway after losing its mother during severe weather.

Animal welfare officers believe the otter, which they have nicknamed 'Buddy', was 10 weeks old when he was found.

The cub was weak and underweight but is now said to be improving on a diet of milk and fish.

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