A site on the banks of the River Ouse in Yorkshire will be the new home for otters Buddy and Holly, who were rescued by the RSPCA.
In spring 2020, the cubs were separated from their mothers during bad weather. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to reunite them, they were taken to the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital, Cheshire.
After 15 months of rehabilitation, the now-adult otters are ready for release back into the wild, in a Yorkshire Water site selected by the RSPCA. They will be in an enclosure while they get used to their new surroundings and, after 10 days, will be released to explore their new riverbank home.
The rehoming project was undertaken with support from wildlife charity WildAid.
"The river in this location will be a great home for Buddy and Holly to live long and happy lives.”
Rob Scrivens of the RSPCA said “We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Yorkshire Water and WildAid to relocate Buddy and Holly to Yorkshire.
“We have worked with Yorkshire Water to identify the best habitats available. The River Ouse in this location will be a great home for them to live long and happy lives.”
Sarah Mason, trustee of WildAid and strategic change manager for Yorkshire Water, said: “At Yorkshire Water we’re passionate about protecting and enhancing the environment we operate in.
"I’m so pleased that Buddy and Holly will be joining us at one of our sites. The Ouse will be a great place for the otters to call home.”