AN OTTER cub was found, collapsed, cold, thin and unwell after being washed away in stormy weather in Dolgellau.

The tiny cub, which was suffering from serious hyperthermia and was dehydrated was found suffering from hyperthermia on Wednesday.

It was found at the side of the busy A470 in Ganllwyd, by a member of the public and was rushed to a veterinary practice in Dolgellau.

The vets managed to warm up and rehydrate the little otter, which weighed just 1.3kg, before contacting the RSPCA which has taken it into its care.

RSPCA inspector Andy Broadbent said: “It is likely that the young otter cub was washed away during the flooding following storm Diana and ended up strung out at the roadside desperately in need of help.

“I collected him from the vets and transferred him to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre who will continue with treatment and will continue to monitor him closely.

"They will care for him until he is fit and healthy when he will be released back into the wild where he belongs."

THe RSPCA warns wild animals can scratch and bite when frightened, particularly if they are injured. If you find an animal, you are advised to keep a safe distance and call the RSPCA.

For information visit our website, In particular we recommend members of the public do not handle otters.

If you see an animal in distress you can ring the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.