THE Scottish SPCA is currently caring for 13 young otters at their Wildlife National Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity is now rehabilitating these adorable otters, with one being named Shrimp.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “Ten-week-old Shrimp was discovered on 12th September in Dumfries after a member of the public feared she had been knocked by a vehicle.

“It's possible her mother was killed or frightened off and she would have died had she not been rescued as she’s far too young to fend for herself.

“She’s not too keen on being handled but Shrimp is doing really well and is feeding herself on trout fillet.

“Shrimp will be introduced to another cub of similar size and they will be released in around a year’s time as a group when they are mature enough to fend for themselves in the wild.

“Anyone who finds an otter cub that is calling for its mother 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 any way 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 Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.