A young baby otter has made his way over the sea to Skye…by ferry.

Found in Glenelg hiding in a garden after its mother is believed to have been knocked down and killed by a vehicle, the 12 week old youngster was loaded on board the local ferry, MV Glenachulish, to make its way across the water to a new home.

Finder, Lizzie Sanders from Glenelg, quickly phoned the International Otter Survival Fund who have a specialist otter hospital on the island, and she and her husband, Nick, took the boat to Skye.

The ferry run by the Skye Ferry Company (http://skyeferry.co.uk/) crosses to the mainland following the old drove roads and they are well used to seeing a variety of wildlife.  But even they wanted to take a peek at their unusual passenger.

Now the young orphan will be looked after by the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) at its sanctuary in Broadford.

Grace Yoxon of IOSF said: "The cub is about 10-12 weeks old and is eating fish.

"Once he has been through a period of quarantine he will be introduced to Ganga, another cub of the same age which is now outside in a nursery pen."

The cubs will stay at the Broadford otter hospital until they are about a year old, as this is when they normally leave their mothers

If anyone finds a cub or injured otter please do not touch it but contact IOSF immediately for advice on 01471 822 487.

Regular updates about the cubs at the sanctuary can be found on the IOSF Blog (http://www.otter.org/Public/News_Blog.aspx