Otter orphans rehomed at Arkaig

Three orphaned otters have been released at our Loch Arkaig Pine Forest after they were rescued and raised by staff at the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Eddy, Stream and Smoult came to the Scottish SPCA as orphans having become separated from their mothers at a very young age.

Eddy was eight weeks old when he was found near a stream in the Borders calling out in distress in December 2016. Stream was nine weeks old and found at the side of a busy road just outside Fort William very tired and weak in January 2017. Smoult was 10 weeks old when she was found on a path alongside the river Ness in the Highlands separated from her mother in January 2017.

SPCA ensure the otters are read for release in the wild (Photo:Colin Seddon)
SPCA ensure the otters are read for release in the wild (Photo:Colin Seddon)

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The good news is the cubs seem to have taken to their new surroundings straight away. We are so pleased to be able to help SSPCA find a home for these wild orphans. The chosen location has a burn, a loch and a forest – and no roads for miles. It is difficult to think of a better spot for them.

The SSPCA usually keep young otters together where possible and release when they are about a year old which is roughly when they begin to disperse from their parents.

Eddy, Stream abd Smoult return to wild after 9 months in care (Photo: Colin Seddon)
Eddy, Stream abd Smoult return to wild after 9 months in care (Photo: Colin Seddon)

A temporary shelter and food has been left out for the animals to help ease their way back to the wild. They have since been caught on camera traps and appear to be adjusting well.

Our hats are off to SSPCA for all the hard work that went in to giving this cheeky trio a second chance at life in the wild. Woodland Trust has been absolutely delighted to work with them to provide a new home for Eddy, Stream and Smoult.

Loch Arkaig is one of the largest remaining remnants of ancient pinewood in Scotland. Find out more about our plans to restore the forest.