This morning, a seven-month-old sea otter warmed the hearts of onlookers as she splished and splashed in her new habitat at the Vancouver Aquarium.
The young pup, who has yet to be named, was spotted this past fall on the side of a road in Homer, Alaska. After efforts to locate her mother were unsuccessful, the Alaska SeaLife Center brought the distressed animal to its I.Sea.U for emergency treatment and critical care. The Center invited Vancouver Aquarium’s animal care team to help provide intensive, around-the-clock care for the otter, a collaboration that helps to expand rescue and rehabilitation expertise across North American teams.
At eight weeks old, the sea otter pup was deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to the maternal care required by young otters to survive in the wild. At her permanent home in Vancouver, the Aquarium is able to provide her with the ongoing care she needs.
The playful and “sometimes mischievous” little otter is adjusting well to her new home and will soon be introduced to Tanu, one of the sea otters at the Aquarium, in an adjacent otter habitat. It is anticipated that Tanu will embrace the new otter as a friend and help her adjust to her new surroundings.
Many thanks are shared with London Air Services for providing safe transport for the sea otter and Vancouver Aquarium’s animal-care team who had been providing critical care for the otter in Alaska.
The sea otter pup still needs a name, and we need your help naming her. Our friends at the Alaska SeaLife Center, and their Ocean Sciences Club students, have helped us select three possible names to choose from (Susitna, Katmai and Glacier). Learn how to cast your vote on our contest page.
Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting non-profit organization, and does not receive ongoing funds to provide around-the-clock care for its rescued and rehabilitated animals. To make a contribution to help this sea otter and others like it, please visit here.