Our veterinary team is happy to report that Walter, the rescued sea otter that was found in grave condition and suffering from gunshot wounds, is no longer in critical condition.
After seven weeks of critical care and a number of successful procedures, Vancouver Aquarium’s veterinarian, Dr. Martin Haulena, has reclassified Walter as stable. Until now, Walter, who was blinded and severely injured by shotgun pellets, was considered critical.
Since his arrival at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre on October 18, 2013, Dr. Haulena and the veterinary team have performed multiple surgeries on shattered bones in one of his flippers. This past week, the team, along with visiting veterinary dental specialist, Dr. Loic Legendre, performed oral surgery to treat broken teeth caused by the shotgun blast. Three of Walter’s broken teeth were extracted and a complex root canal was performed to save one of his canine teeth.
According to Dr. Haulena, “Walter still has a long way to go, but he has made significant progress. His flexibility has improved, which means he can now groom himself much better. Having removed his broken teeth and treated his oral infection, he should feel much more comfortable.”
The veterinary team remains focused on Walter’s recovery. To see photos of Walter or any of our patients, please visit the Rescue Centre on Facebook.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre
The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, is a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. The Rescue Centre rescues stranded marine mammals and rehabilitates them for release back into their natural habitat. Donate to the Rescue Centre at www.vanaqua.org/mmr