Yorkshire Water and RSPCA relocate orphaned otters

Baby otters, Buddy and Holly
Energy and environment


A Yorkshire Water site on the banks of the river Ouse has been selected as a new habitat 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 the cubs with their mothers, the otters were admitted to the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital.  


After 15 months of rehabilitation the adult otters and are ready for release back into the wild. The two otters will be in an enclosure on Yorkshire Water site whilst they get used to their new surroundings. After 10 days, they will be released and able to explore their new home on the banks of the local river.  


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 river Ouse will be a great place for the otters to call home.”