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Otter found hiding in engine of parked car in Scotland

June 11 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Scotland responded to a "very unusual" situation when a resident discovered an otter was hiding in the engine compartment under the hood of their car.

The Scottish SPCA said rescuers responded to a vehicle parked near a pond in Edinburgh after the owner reported an otter had fled under the car and made its way up into the engine compartment.

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"The poor otter was spooked by the residents, and it is likely that he used it as a shelter to hide," the SSPA said in a Facebook post.

The rescuers opened up the hood of the car to extract the otter, but the animal, apparently spooked by its would-be helpers, wriggled free of the vehicle's engine and ran off without assistance.

The post said the rescuers were "unable to give him a thorough check over, but it is unlikely he was injured as there is no way he could have made his getaway if he was!"

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