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Lonely otter cubs to be introduced in bid to create friendship

Abandoned otter cub Stream being cared for by Wildlife Assistant Nicola Turnbull at the Scottish SPCA centre in Fishcross  (SPCA/PA Wire)
Abandoned otter cub Stream being cared for by Wildlife Assistant Nicola Turnbull at the Scottish SPCA centre in Fishcross (SPCA/PA Wire)

AN animal charity plans to introduce two abandoned otter cubs in an attempt to create a friendship between the lonely pair.

Eddy and Stream are being looked after at the Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, near Stirling.

Eddy was rescued aged just eight-weeks-old when he was found on a riverbank near Denny calling for his mother.

Stream, thought to be aged between eight and ten weeks, was spotted by a concerned member of the public struggling alone with high tides.

Otter cub
Abandoned otter cub Eddy (Scottish SPCA/PA Wire)<br />NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “Eddy came to us as an eight-week cub having been found on a riverbank near Denny calling for his mother.

“As he has not had any siblings to play with, a staff member has had to assume that role and play with him several times a day to prevent him becoming too distressed and bored and to enable him to develop naturally through play.

“Now that we have Stream they will go together once they are both at a similar stage in their development.

“She’s got a strong character and does not appreciate being handled. Once she is at the same stage as Eddy they will be put together and hopefully stay together until their release in spring 2018.

“Anyone who finds an otter cub that is calling should at first observe from a distance providing the cub is in a safe position. If the mother does not return before dark then the cub will need to be brought into our care.

“If the cub appears in anyway injured or ill please call our animal helpline immediately and contain the otter if possible.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the animal helpline on 03000 999 999.