Rare Otter killed on A22 near Polegate

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has found a Otter dead on the A22 just north of Polegate in East Sussex. This unusual find is a first for WRAS founder Trevor Weeks. "In the 25 years I've been rescuing wildlife I've never seen or even found a live or dead otter before."

Trevor has picked up the otter and it has been delivered to the Environment Agency for a post mortem examination and further tests.

The unusual find has left rescuers baffled as to how the otter found its way to the A22. "The nearest half decent stream is almost a mile away and the nearest suitable river is over a mile and a half away as the crow flies. There are a number of issues here which don't add up. We have reported the location and find to Sussex Police's Wildlife Liaison Office DC Jason Ede and the post mortem examination will show whether the death is suspicious at all, but this could be just an adventurous otter" said Trevor Weeks.

WRAS had a phone call on Wednesday about an otter which was hit by a car on the A22 just outside Hampden Park but the animal disappeared before the motorist turned his car round to check.

"It is nice to see that otters are in the area but it is a real shame to see one dead on the side of the road. You read and here reports of them being released elsewhere in the country, but you never expect to see one, dead or alive." added Trevor.

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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS, 07931 523958

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