Baby Otter Cries On Doorstep After Losing His Mom
It might have been the terrible weather, or it might have been a strong tide, but either way this baby otter somehow found himself all alone in the world.
He'd been separated from his mom - she was nowhere to be found.
"This is a very hazardous time for young otters as they can easily be washed out of their holts by high rivers and at this age they are not strong swimmers," the Scottish SPCA wrote on its Facebook page.
But as if he somehow knew that there was hope, the 10-week-old otter ended up on a doorstep in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, on Monday, where someone heard his gentle cries. And even though he may never see his family again, he is now in the care of a different sort of family - the rescuers at National Wildlife Rescue Centre, a division of the Scottish SPCA.
Now named Buddy, he's being lovingly bottle-fed ...
... and hand-fed lots and lots of fish.
Best of all, he's no longer alone. He'll be introduced to three other young otters - Ebb, Tide and Wave - who also lost their moms. And when they're all ready, they'll be released back into the wild together.
If an injured animal shows up to your door, it's best to call a wildlife rehabilitation center to help. In the United States, you can find a local rehabilitator here.
To donate to Buddy's care, click here.