Baby otter rescued on Christmas Eve after being dumped in a bin

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The animal, now called Eve, was spotted in the rubbish near Sunderland Road on December 24 by a member of the public. They rushed her to a local vet, who alerted the RSPCA.

It is thought little Eve had been dumped in the bin by someone who thought she was already dead because she was so cold.

The cub was suffering from hypothermia when she was found.

RSPCA Inspector Steph Baines said: “It appears that someone found the tiny otter cub and because she was so cold thought she was dead, so discarded her in a bin.

“Then another member of the public later noticed some movement so rushed her to a nearby vet.

“She was suffering from hypothermia due to the cold and had to be warmed up slowly and then she was given fluids and hand-reared with kitten milk mixed with fish every two hours and started to recover from her ordeal.

“We decided to name her Eve as she was found on Christmas Eve.”

Eve was treated at a wildlife centre in North Yorkshire.

She is now at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire and will be returned to the wild once she has been rehabilitated.

The centre’s manager Lee Stewart said: “It is always very exciting to have an otter cub with us as up until the 1980s they were struggling in the wild.

“They weren’t protected by legislation until 1978, at which point numbers were low, but over time their numbers have steadily increased and they have made a comeback in most counties in the UK.

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“As a result, we are seeing more being brought into Stapeley Grange.

“Otter rehabilitation is very specialised and you need to have suitable facilities to care for them.

“Young otter cubs can be with us for up to 12 months before they can be returned to the wild so their care is not only time consuming but expensive”.

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