AN otter has returned to a river near Llandovery after being cared for by the RSPCA.
Curled up in a puddle, the otter was discovered back in April, in a weak, quiet and extremely tired state, suffering with fever and dehydration.
Officers at the RSPCA took the animal into specialist care in Taunton in Somerset, releasing her back into the water last week, after she almost doubled her bodyweight.
RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said: “This beautiful otter turned up at a Llandovery property in a deeply worrying state – dehydrated, appearing confused, and desperately tired. She was so exhausted, she simply collapsed in a pool of water left from a pressure hose.
“It was clearly no place for such a beautiful wild animal. Fortunately, she was taken into RSPCA care and rehabilitated.
“She’s now gained more than 70% in weight, which is testimony to her turnaround at a specialist wildlife facility.
“It was a fabulous feeling to be able to safely return her to the Llandovery wild. Happy endings like this are the best part of the job, and rescuing and rehabilitating animals like this is such an important part of what RSPCA Cymru does.”
If a member of the public sees a wild animal in need of help, they can call the RSPCA’s 24-hour Advice & Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999.