An otter that was found in a puddle struggling with dehydration and a fever has been returned to the wild. 

The otter was found by a member of the public in the Llandovery area in April.

She was very weak, quiet and extremely tired, but after a period of rehabilitation with RSPCA Cymru, she has been released back into the wild. 

This video captures the moment she was returned to the wild, after a one-month spell in the care of the RSPCA.

South Wales Guardian:

The otter was found curled up in a puddle of water from a pressure hose.

She was rehabilitated at a specialist RSPCA wildlife facility - West Hatch in Taunton - where she recovered, ready for the return to the wild.

She was released on Monday after almost doubling her weight from when she was found – from 2.8kg, to 4.8kg.

South Wales Guardian:

RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said: “This beautiful otter turned up at a Llandovery property in a deeply worrying state - dehydrated, appearing confused, and desperately tired.

“She was so exhausted, she simply collapsed in a pool of water left from a pressure hose. It was clearly no place for such a beautiful wild animal.

“Fortunately, she was taken into RSPCA care and rehabilitated. She’s gained more than 70% in weight, which is testimony to her turnaround at a specialist wildlife facility. 

South Wales Guardian:

“It was a fabulous feeling to be able to safely return her to the Llandovery wild.

“Happy endings like this are the best part of the job, and rescuing and rehabilitating animals like this is such an important part of what RSPCA Cymru does."

If a member of the public sees a wild animal in need of help, they can call the RSPCA’s 24-hour Advice & Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999.

Should you wish to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting LOVE to 87023 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).