The Scottish SPCA is caring for three otter cubs who were found alone, with no sign of their mothers.
One of the otter cubs was discovered on a roadside in Brechin on November 17 and the other two on a flooded river bank in Earlston on November 19. They are now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.
Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “The cubs found on the river bank in Earlston had a very lucky escape as it was a difficult rescue for our officer in the dark.
“Despite their ordeal, the cubs are doing well. They are sisters who are around 10-weeks-old and are self-feeding. They don’t need much attention from our staff as they have each other.
“The male otter found in Brechin is around 12-weeks-old and he was very weak when he first came into our care. His body weight is only 50 percent of what it should be but he is feeding himself and we are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
“He will soon be put in with the girls to make a group of three.
“Typically, otter cubs will remain in the care of our wildlife centre for around a year, as this is how long they would stay with their mother in the wild.
“We are hopeful the otters will be returned to their natural habitat after this point.
“This has been our busiest year for otter cubs and we are currently caring for 14 at the moment. We would advise anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal to call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”