Otter

You might have noticed our beautiful Otter (also known as Donnie) and wondered what he's all about. He's our Mascot, named after our youngest child - we love everything about otters here at Harrogate Tipple, especially that they're playful and only swim in the very best and cleanest of waters ...

Amazingly, he was had drawn by a very talented young lady called Mila, who lives in South Africa - believe it or not she was 15 when she drew him. She was tasked with creating a playful and characterful otter, like the ones found in the rivers around Harrogate. She loved the opportunity of experiencing what it was like to be an illustrator and researched different species of otter for inspiration to perfect the image of Donnie in her head, before she took to paper. He started as a felt-tip doodle on which she rendered in his fine detail. She was able to build up his character ensuring his original charm shone out on paper. All of this while she was studying for her art and design practicals at school. Mila certainly brought Donnie to life and we are all amazed at her talent and creativity. She’s definitely got a very bright future ahead of her and is one to watch out!

We're delighted to hear that otters are returning to the rivers around the Harrogate area, including the Nidd and around Follifoot. They’re already becoming a regular sight at Staveley Nature Reserve, which is part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and encourages otters by creating habitats for them. We’ve pledged to give 5p from every Harrogate Tipple sold to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to help protect their natural habitats.