20 September 2017 – Besides positive developments, sometimes we also have to report sad news as rescue work is not without setbacks. As you might remember, we received 2 otters here: Bubbles and Squeaks. At first impression they looked to be in reasonable good shape and this was confirmed in the week after when our vet performed the standard virus tests on them. Both were active and did eat well. Unfortunately, on the daily routine of our Otter Keeper, he found Bubbles and Squeaks unconscious and they were directly brought to the clinic. Sadly they both died shortly after.
Our vet performed autopsy and this showed that both suffered from severe protozoa infections that unfortunately was not pick-up by our regular anthelmintic. Still we believe their dead was not only caused by this, but that other issues were in play. Samples from the autopsy are sent to the laboratory for additional testing.
This once again shows what wildlife / pet trade does to wild animals! Bubbles and Squeaks were taken from the wild and held in small dirty cages, received a bad diet and were rejected from any care. It underlines that wild animals do not make good pets and suffer in captivity if they don’t recieve professional care.
As we received some donations for Bubbles and Squeaks, we want to let you know that this money will be used for the other Otters and animals in our care that are also in need of help. If you instead would like a reimbursement of your donation or have any other questions about this matter, please let us know by a private message or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org