Recovered otter is back in the wild


This video is called Return of the Otter to England’s Countryside.

By Tony Henderson in England:

Road casualty otter is nursed back to health and released into the wild

12:00, 12 April 2015

Rescuers Jodi Wrightson and Moorview Veterinary Practice vets dedication saw the animal released into Tyneside nature reserve

Olive the otter has been released back into the wild – as the woman who saved the animal’s life looked on.

In February the 18-month-old otter was spotted lying seriously injured in the middle of the road near Killingworth lake in North Tyneside by Jodi Wrightson as she drove home from work.

Jodi wrapped the otter in her coat and drove her to Moorview veterinary practice at nearby Backworth.

“She had serious back-end injuries and I didn’t think she would last the journey to the vet,” said Jodi, who lives in Seghill.

The otter underwent an operation and was nursed for a week at the practice.

She was then transferred to the care of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

Eventually she was able to be moved to a holding pen in the society’s Gosforth Park nature reserve in Newcastle.

The release took place early in the morning with Jodi present when the pen was opened.

“She shot out and dived into the reserve’s lake,” said Jodi, who works at Newcastle University’s school of civil engineering and geosciences.

“It was a very special moment, It was amazing to see her go.

“I had found her, called her Olive, and visited her during her recovery and I had to be there at the release.

“The vets were absolutely fantastic and gave her five-star care.”

Society director James Littlewood said that young otters stayed with their mother for a considerable time and it is thought that the pair were moving between the Gosforth reserve and Killingworth lake.

As otter numbers have recovered since the 1990s and they have spread across North East waterways road traffic has posed a significant risk to the animals.

“We decided to step in and care for Olive because she is one of our reserve’s otters” said James.

“The release went well and the time was right with the weather improving.

“She will either hopefully join up again with her mother, or if not then she is old enough to make her own way.”

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