An orphaned otter cub discovered on the side of the road in Pembrokeshire, U.K. and since then has beaten pneumonia and is fighting toward health.
The cub, who has been nicknamed ‘Star,’ was so ill when she was found, she was originally thought to be dead.
But after some tender, loving care from the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and a vaccine full of antibiotics for his chest infection, the eight-week old otter is on the road to recovery.
When he’s old enough, Star can hopefully enter back into the wild.
Animal collection officer Ellie West said she didn’t expect the cub to survive the first night after he was found on January 8.
“He was started on antibiotics by a vet as he had pneumonia and I gave him injections of fluids under the skin to try and hydrate him as at that time he was far too weak to swallow fluids properly,” she explained.
“After a few hours he was much warmer and comfortable and he actually suckled rehydration fluids from a syringe.
“I couldn’t believe the change in him in less than 24 hours. He is a real little fighter, bless him.”
Star is now being cared for at the RSPCA’s specialist otter facility.
The RSPCA officer said it was clear the cub had become separated from its mother, and without intervention, Star would have died.