suitable for ingestion) dabbed around the area could be tried first as the taste may prevent further comfort sucking Can’t be released if underweight, unable to recognise/eat normal diet etc Comments – otters rely more on their vibrissae than sight, releasable with only one eye, seen living in the wild, blind in both eyes, Clinical Signs – inflamed, red areas of skin, hair loss NEVER lift an otter by its tail “The Minister may grant a licence to a person to have in possession, for a reasonable period of time —, *Compulsory licence details at end of document*. Will climb out of any container if not fully enclosed The oldest and largest otter conservation centre in the world, The Otter Trust provides habitat for a variety of otter and wildfowl species in a lovely estate beside the River Waveny. Mainly head, feet and around the anus Mammals; Statistics Length: 60-80cm Tail: 32-56cm This species is protected under the Wildlife Act (1976) and Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000. Ireland. Before and after each feed gently stroke their genital and anal area with damp soft tissue / cotton wool for about 60 seconds until urine and/or faeces are produced Animal fed only natural foods it will come across in the wild EU Habitats Directive, Annex 2 and 4 – of European interest, requires strict protection and special conservation areas Lundy, M., Montgomery, I. Ideally at least 2 people, Dog grasper capture (e.g. Release criteria/considerations Feed 150-300g per day over 5 feeds, so feed roughly 30-60g per feed, Winding fish farms/small angling lakes I’ve lived in South Devon my whole life and love what it has to offer. Individual otters are highly territorial, using droppings called spraints to mark their home ranges. Full protection D.D., Buckley, D.J., Prodöhl, P.A., Marnell, F. and Montgomery, W.I. He completed his PhD at QUB in 2008 where he examined the patterns of species diversity in riparian areas in agricultural landscapes. Report suspicious activities or equipment to the NPWS Conservation Ranger (see CONTACTS page), * For licence application form for the possession/ retention of a wild animal - click HERE, Post to the address below OR email back to wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, This legislation section is not intended to cover all aspect of legislation associated with this particular wildlife species, in all instances, the current legislation and appropriate statutory bodies should be consulted, THIS SECTION IS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR VETERINARY SURGEONS, No significant diseases Comments - likely to be infected, possibly septicaemic. Esbilac or Lactol – no additional vitamins needed, Records From 2-10mths of age; monthly weight gain roughly 650g for male, 450g female Release spring/summer when cub over 12mths of age. Hard release technique only suitable if animal rescued as an adult and only if in captivity for short period of time, and only if to be released where originally found. Fluids as for shock. Whilst individual otters rarely dig their own holts they will use burrows made by other animals such as rabbits and foxes. (24hrs of rehydration solution feeds is fine if alternatives are not possible) Rinse utensils before each feed. Ideally outdoor run with shelter: Box for shelter, ideally wooden or solid plastic, draught free, ideally with angled entry and exit tunnel hit by car on road), Capture notes Ideally identify animal in some way e.g. Prior to that he was a post-doctoral researcher at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and the Centre for Irish Bat Research (CIBR). Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland . 4-5 weeks: eyes open Otters have their cubs in underground burrows, known as a ‘holt’. Especially neck region Cubs (sometimes adults). Horse Barn. Investigate acceptance of the release by landowners/fishermen  TQ11 0DZ 01364 642916 contact@ottersandbutterflies.co.uk. Otters are also protected from accidental harm, Rescue and Rehabilitation Straw or hay for bedding The availability of suitable territories along the coast and inland at lakes and rivers is thought to maintain the otter population of Ireland. The sanctuary is a family run business caring for several types of otter and obviously have a great love of these beautiful creatures. Care with hygiene handling all wildlife Located in quiet area away from domestic pets. Opened in 2002, a spacious and spectacular Otter sanctuary with underwater viewing, allowing you to witness their graceful swimming up close. TAMAR OTTER & WILDLIFE CENTRE Previous Next. Dab with tissue, take a break, and then start again very slowly, Introducing ‘milk’ Diagnosis – examination and radiographs. mackerel or herring There is some evidence to suggest that since initial national surveys in the early 1980s there have been declines in the prevalence of the species. Diagnosis - clinical signs Good News Network - Sep 30, 2020. Fresh white fish e.g. Fresh open clean wounds - clip, clean and suture if necessary. In an emergency, if otter was unconscious, if only short duration of transport, and only temporarily; two rigid plastic fish boxes could be used if tied tightly together Comments – euthanize if amputation required. Their own familiar sleeping box/artificial holt placed within caged area, cub provided with water and only natural food, at dusk, in the enclosure, for 2-4 weeks. The otter occurs throughout Northern Ireland in freshwater and coastal habitats. It is possible to build artificial holts to attract otters to use certain areas. Do not use oily fish e.g. Mesh or concrete floor, Or solid floor, solid sides to at least 1.8m and then a solid inward overhang all around the top, If baby otter; stimulate to urinate/defecate, Warmth (stop animal loosing heat, warm slowly), IV fluids – Hartmann’s or Haemaccel (keep muzzle on to prevent chewing IV line). Heavy bowl of drinking water if animal bright and alert, SHORT TERM CARE CUB The smallest territories are thought to occur at coastal sites, where territories may be as small as 2km. If teeth damaged, otter may be un-releasable Excellent and lithe swimmers, the young are in the water by 10 weeks of age.                   Housing The intent was to provide protection for wildlife and the data is valuable. Otter sanctuary. in fence – do NOT cut free and release until fully assessed, If unresponsive/unconscious – needs veterinary attention immediately, ALL  APPARENT ORPHANS, (unless injured, in dangerous situation, or definitely alone), If you or others would be put in too much danger, Capture ONLY if you have adequate equipment and container, Consider personal safety on roads e.g. Consider natural history of the animal and the location of local wild groups of these animals Try not to release during winter months, Species specific considerations Within its territory an otter may have a number of resting sites, called couches and underground denning sites called holts, which can be a considerable distance (up to 1km) from a river, lake or the seashore. Do not handle unnecessarily There is some evidence to suggest that since initial national surveys in the early 1980s there have been declines in the prevalence of the species. Release timing Soft release candidates Place container in warm area inside house, Feeding Get protection that inspires confidence with iPhone cases, covers and screen protectors from OtterBox. During different seasons male otters and juvenile otters will disperse and otter signs may be observed in areas where they have not been present hitherto. Otters do not tolerate sedation/anaesthesia well and MUST be actively brought out of the anaesthetic, SHORT TERM CARE ADULT Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8GW t: 01566 785646 | e: info@tamarotters.co.uk site … This contributes to building a wider Sanctuary movement. Ticks or suspected infections can be treated with fenbendazole or ivermectin, Clinical Signs – inflamed, bleeding gums, mouth pain, emaciation, bad breath, drooling caught in fencing) Wildlife (N.I.) The species of otter that occurs in Ireland is called the Eurasian otter and is found in Europe and across Asia to China and Japan. It is hoped that the reasons for these declines will be addressed by the designation of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), ongoing national assessments and by targeted intensive surveys. (otters can leap like a cat to escape), Pin otter down with soft brush (if so equipped), Quickly close container as you withdraw brush, Remove towel only if it can be done without otter escaping, Rehydration solution - “1 pinch of sugar and 1 pinch of salt in 1 cup of warm water”, Canine milk replacement e.g. Foraging at night or in ‘muddy’ water is aided by their highly sensitive whiskers, which detect their prey items. 5th feed – ¼ rehydration solution, ¾ milk Newsletter Sign Up. Release group - try to have mixed genders, appropriately matched age group. Otter Sanctuary celebrates everything about these adorable, cheeky, funny and cute animals that are a wonder to this planet. A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel can be used If a bubble of liquid appears at the nose or the cub starts sneezing or shaking its head, stop feeding immediately and tilt the head down allow any fluid to drain out. cat trap/crush cage Otters that live in rivers and lakes tend to be completely nocturnal, described as being crepuscular – activity peaks at dusk and dawn. Rehydration solution/ ‘milk’ suggestions: ALL feeds should be lukewarm Slip broom into cage to pin head before scruffing with BOTH hands, RTA casualties will often be suffering volume related shock, treat as below, Assess every few hours. Join our mailing list so we can keep you posted on the latest news from the Sanctuary as well as information on upcoming events, courses and programmes. On milk formula, faeces will be pale yellow/white and curdled looking. You will also see … Sign in Sign up for FREE Cyber Monday Sale: 50% OFF Order of 1985 - protected species, Safeguards The River Otters are found throughout Alaska, Canada and the northern United States, and are hence named the North American River Otter. In Ireland the otter population is geographically widely spread. Cage opened one evening and left in-situ for animal to come and go until it feels confident enough not to return. However, otters are not limited to fish and feed opportunistically on a range of prey when available: frogs are frequently eaten by otters, and the remains of invertebrates (crayfish), birds and small mammals have also been found in spraints. Favoured locations for leaving spraints are in-stream boulders, bridge footings and grass tussocks, these are called seats. The return of the otter to waterways across the country is one of the UK’s top conservation success stories. The longest territories occur in upland streams where an individual may have to range more than 20km to find sufficient food. DCHY00019 | Charity No.20100841 | Company Registered in England No.05598716, Roche, N., Aughney, T., Marnell, F. & Lundy, M.G. Bedding can be straw or hay if obtainable, otherwise line container with newspaper Are VERY destructive, will bite and chew. Diagnosis - clinical signs Treatment - symptomatic At OtterBox, we engineer confidence. Wildlife Conferences. Holt is dug in river bank with underwater entrances. 21 acres to explore and see British & Asian Short Clawed Otters close at hand. Adults. Subject to the conditions set out in the licence provided for the possession/retention of a wild bird/animal, Notes Otters do not tolerate sedation/anaesthesia well and MUST be actively brought out of the anaesthetic. Diagnosis – clinical signs, radiography Surgery once stabilised Though otters take pride of place, there are also fallow deer, muntjac deer, curious wallabies, duck and … Darken the container to reduce stress Treatment –remove snare under GA. Analgesics and antibiotics. reflective jackets, warning signs, Note exact location and call relevant person from CONTACT page, Ideally stay with the casualty until someone comes to help, With container on its side on the ground, otter pulled into container, Container closed, grasper released and carefully withdrawn WITHOUT letting otter out, If worried/unsure, treat as for snaring (see below)continue capture (as below) and bring to vet for assessment, Container must be large enough to fit fox and any embedded fencing section, Otter pulled/lifted into open container (support rump by scruffing it as you lift). Diagnosis – ligature marks, snare attached, history (2010) Climate change-linked range expansion of Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat, Boston, E.S.M., Buckley, D., Bekaert, M., Lundy, M.G., Gager, Y., Scott, D.D., Prodohl, P.A., Montgomery, I., Marnell, F., & Teeling, E. (2010) The status of the cryptic species. microchip/tag, for post release monitoring/identification. Treatment – see husbandry section for cub above Artificial holts are built to resemble natural holts, with a resting compartment and multiple entrances, these are particularly important where the natural bank side vegetation has been removed. Suggestions: Warmth Only handle for feeding (for frequency see below), DANGER – Aspiration Pneumonia – inhaling fluid into the lungs Beware overheating can also kill, Weight If older and lively feed every 4hrs during the day, last feed 10pm, first feed 5 or 6am Soft release may take weeks -months. Maintaining prey populations and preserving the natural features of rivers, lakes and coasts will benefit the Irish otter population and ensure that the Irish population remains a European stronghold. Cannot be released if damage results in canines needing removal, Clinical Signs – retinal dysplasia, cataracts, lesions, whitening Otter Creek Farm Sanctuary Otter Creek Farm Sanctuary Otter Creek Farm Sanctuary "A wise man regardeth the life of his beast..." "A wise man regardeth the life of his beast..." "A wise man regardeth the life of his beast..." Projects. If using milk formula then change back to rehydration fluids for 24hrs Otters ‘come to’ very quickly after reversal Good – soft and dark Release away from roads, species specific predators, areas where they could cause damage The Irish otter population remains one of the most stable in Europe. concrete, stone, thick wood, rigid plastic Regular flushing of wound Hand-rearing should not be undertaken unless: (Email if you acquire an orphan, you will be put in touch with other orphan carers), Warmth Avoid conflict areas e.g. Also suitable for adults that have been in care for a long period of time, or animals that cannot be released back to where they were found and so have to establish a new territory. Blind cubs need help urinating and defecating Various different diseases diagnosed post mortem in individual animals If they are unwilling to wake up and feed, extend the gap between feeds by ½ hour, EXAMPLE Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI) is a registered charity (RCN: 20108519) dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned seals from across the coast of Ireland. Welcome to the UK Wild Otter Trust! Table above is ROUGH guide, each individual is different Hard release candidates Comments – common, Clinical Signs – rounded cranium, in coordination A significant number of otters are also killed on our roads. Seek veterinary attention, Withdraw food for 24hrs; give only rehydration fluids (ideally at least 50ml/kg/day) Never feed an animal so much fluid that its tummy becomes hard and distended, Frequency At the centre you’ll get to see first-hand exotic butterflies and moths from around the world free flying in a tropical landscaped garden and alongside this, you … SACs - RoI  47,  N.I  9 Puppy crate or rigid wire mesh container e.g. At low tide otters hunt in the exposed rock pools and seaweed covered rocks for fish and invertebrate prey. 8 weeks: permanent molars erupt Esbilac or Lactol, Use rehydration solution for the first few feeds while you and the cub get used to feeding, Hold the cub vertically or lying on its belly whilst feeding, Always feed patiently, slowly and gently, Try to get the cub to lick/suck the fluids slowly rather than guzzling, Solid sides e.g. Ensure area not susceptible to pollution problems. Once faeces look normal, slowly reintroduce milk formula, Potential problem - penis sucking Trout can be tried if whitefish continuously untouched, Remove uneaten food when bringing fresh food, Person 1 ideally hides in the otter’s anticipated escape route, Person 2 herds otter in direction of net, Person 1 ideally slams net to the ground over otter, Person 2 pins otter’s head to the ground with soft brush (if so equipped), Person 1 throws wet towel over otter and with thick gauntlet type gloves, rolls/bundles otter towel and net into container listed above, Try carefully to remove towel and net from container WITHOUT letting otter out, Container laid on its side on the ground, Herd otter into box using high rigid boards/fencing. Ideally solid walls! OPENING HOURS Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. (2014), Lundy, M.G., Aughney, T., Montgomery, W.I., & Roche, N. (2011), Lundy, M., Teeling, E.C., Boston, E.S.M., Scott. 2nd feed – rehydration solution See SUPPLIES page for food and equipment mentioned below, Housing – cub Lonely Otter at Sanctuary Finds Love Through Online Dating Site Built Just For Him. Sterilise all feeding equipment Blanket, gauntlet type gloves, long handled nets, soft headed broom, dog grasper Fractures – mainly cheekbone, pelvis or cervical vertebrae Cage must be large enough for otter to stand up and turn around in Reverse or flush anaesthetics out of their system ASAP Additional antibiotics in chronic cases The wallabies in the woods are a joy to see. Crouch down when approaching – you appear less of a threat VERY IMPORTANT! See some amazing pictures and learn more about the various different species you will see when you visit. Reviewed June 18, 2013 . We actively engage the public in marine conservation through education, research and community outreach programmes. 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