Res­cue dog ot­ter be proud

Labrador car­ries tiny cub to safety after find­ing it alone and in dan­ger

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but at the grand old age of 13 Labrador Isla got her life­sav­ing cer­tifi­cate.

Isla was out for a walk with owner Re­nata Sch­mid­tova, on their home on Mull, when she found a tiny ot­ter cub near the edge of a for­est at Glen­forsa. Re­nata said: “My two Labradors were sniff­ing around and then Isla came to­wards me, with some­thing in her mouth. I told her to put it down and when I saw it was an ot­ter my heart started to race and I looked round to find where she had taken it from, but I couldn’t see any­thing.”

Ex­perts re­as­sured her that the dog had not taken the cub from an ot­ter holt – the holes in a river bank where they live. They be­lieve the cub may have be­come sep­a­rated from its mother in a storm and would not have sur­vived the night if Isla hadn’t found it. Fright­ened to touch the tiny bun­dle, which weighed less than a bag of sugar, Re­nata used her jacket to move it, to see if it was OK, and it crawled into the pocket.

She said: “It made a lit­tle noise then started to walk to­wards us, so I put it into the grass hop­ing its mother would come back.” When she re­turned later the cub was ly­ing in the same spot, so she phoned the Mull Ot­ter Group.

It is be­lieved the cub, which was mal­nour­ished, had been on its own for a cou­ple of days. Mull Ot­ter Group mem­ber Sue Mor­ley took the cub – which they named Forsa – home Sue said: “The dog prob­a­bly did save the ot­ter’s life be­cause I don’t think she would have sur­vived the night.”

Re­nata Sch­mid­tova’s Labrador Isla

Ot­ter cub was saved

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