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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 January 2006, 12:40 GMT
Orphaned trio of otter cubs saved
Splash: copyright Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre
It is not known what happened to the cubs' mother
Three orphaned otter cubs have been nursed back to health after a farmer found them half-frozen under his shed.

The trio, who have been called Splish, Splash and Splosh, are being cared for by the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in Highbridge, Somerset.

The cubs were chilly and hungry when found but are doing well and will soon need to be taught to swim in a bath.

They are now six weeks old and are being bottle-fed every four hours.

The cries of the cubs alerted Mr Thorne to the first two cubs which were huddled under the shed on his farm at Gold Corner near the River Huntspill.

After delivering them to the rescue centre, he returned to find a third cub near the shed.

All three cubs were placed in an incubator at the rescue centre and it took them two days to recover.

"We have reared otters in the past", said Ellie West, animal care manager at the centre, "but have always had singles and have had to pass them on to another centre to have the company of other otter cubs, only having them back to be released back to the wild.

"Because this is a family, we want very much to see them through to their release in 2007."

It is not known what happened to the cubs' mother.

The cubs can be seen on the Secret World cub cam.




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