This little pup, nicknamed Otto, was discovered when a father and son, walking their dog in Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire, England, heard his tiny cries. The Press, York writes:
The pair called Edgemoor Veterinary Practice in nearby Helmsley, who alerted Krista Langley, manager of The Wildlife Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, in Thirsk, as volunteers conducted an extensive search of the riverbank in an unsuccessful attempt to find the otter's family and holt.
Mrs Langley said: "We always try to keep otters in their habitat, but he was very poorly, underweight, dehydrated and completely exhausted, so if he had been there a couple hours more he may not have been alive."
"He weighed under a kilo when we brought him in and had us worried in the evening after going quite limp and refusing to take fluids, but after persevering we eventually managed to get him to drink small amounts from a syringe - and he finally took a full bottle of milk at 4am."
"At his age, he should still be in his holt, he is too young to swim and still is wobbling around on his baby legs... Something could have happened to his mum and he has become hungry and crawled out and along the bank."
Mrs Langley said Otto would remain at the haven, which is appealing for donations to extend its facililties after taking in 1,300 creatures last year, until he was weaned, when he would be moved to a rehabilitation centre where he would stay for a year.