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Moray Council praised for efforts to help Cooper


By Alistair Whitfield


FRESH trout are being used in a bid to capture the injured otter who has made his home in Elgin's Cooper Park.

Picture courtesy of Callum Lilley
Picture courtesy of Callum Lilley

Efforts are ongoing to get Cooper – as the otter has been named – to a vet so he can be treated for what appear to be extensive injuries.

A trap has now been laid on the island that stands in the middle of the park's boating lake.

Beginning yesterday, staff from Moray Council have begun the daily task of baiting the trap with a fresh fish.

Mike Kelsey is the founder of The New Arc animal rescue centre which is helping to co-ordinate the efforts to capture Cooper.

He said: "We've decided it's best to empty the trap every day before it gets dark.

"The last thing we want to happen is for Cooper to become trapped overnight.

"It would cause him a lot of distress and he might hurt himself even more in trying to escape.

"Moray Council have been really helpful.

"Their staff are going onto the island in the mornings to open the trap, then going out again at about 3pm to close and empty it again.

"We've no idea how long it's going to take before we capture Cooper.

"It might happen tomorrow. It might take weeks.

"Hopefully, though, we'll be able to help him."

The extent or cause of Cooper's injuries are not yet clear.

Photos of him appear to suggest he may have lost his right eye. However, this might prove not to be the case.



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