These adorable snaps show an injured otter sparked out on an operating table after it managed to survive dodging traffic on a dangerous dual carriageway.
The tiny eight-week old otter cub called Flow was rescued from a near-certain death after she was separated from her mother.
She appeared confused when discovered by RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Leanne Honess-Heather at a home along the busy A64 in Malton, North Yorks.
The otter had travelled 1.5 miles from its home on the River Derwent and had got lost when it approached the road on Friday (Feb 16).
Leanne said: “This gorgeous little otter cub had been spotted crossing the busy A64 by an eagle-eyed member of the public.
“She was dragging her back leg, so he thought she may have been clipped by a car.
“We suspect that she became separated from her mother, took a wrong turning and got lost trying to find her way back home to the nearby River Derwent.”
Although Flow had no wounds, she was holding her leg at an awkward angle so Leanne took her to nearby Battle Flatts Vets.
The young cub had no broken bones, but was just bruised, cold and hungry so was given food and fluids which perked her up instantly.
Flow was then transferred to one of the RSPCA’s wildlife centres and she will soon be moved to specialist facilities near the South Coast where she will be rehabilitated.
It is hoped that eventually she can be released back into the wild close to where she was found near the River Derwent.
Leanne added: “Having crossed one of the busiest roads in the Yorkshire area, Flow the little otter is lucky to be alive.”