These orphaned otter cubs are undeniably cute.

But in an ideal world they would still be in the wild being cared for by their parents. However, due to the record-breaking rainfall and flooding that Scotland has experienced this winter, they are instead being cared for by a dedicated team at the Scottish National Wildlife Rescue Centre.

It often comes as a surprise that a water-loving mammal such as an otter can be so badly affected by rain and flooding. But the young aren’t as agile as the adults and get flushed out of their holts and washed away during times of flooding, and without their mothers' care they simply can’t survive on their own.

The Scottish National Wildlife Rescue Centre will care for them until they are a year old and can be released back into the wild when the floods have subsided. But even an experienced team such as this has been taken by surprise by the sheer number of otters being brought to them this year.

Michaela Strachan finds out more in the clip above taken from Winterwatch, which begins broadcasting on Tuesday 26 January at 20:00 GMT on BBC Two.

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