Rescued Otter

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has welcomed a five-week-old orphaned southern sea otter pup from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as part of a collaborative partnership with Monterrey Bay Aquarium - a leading authority for the rescue and conservation of the threatened species. Weighing in at just under 6 pounds and at 22.6 inches long, the female pup arrived at Shedd from Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, where she spent the first four weeks of her life being stabilized. The pup has been doing well since her arrival, receiving continual care behind the scenes of Shedd's Abbott Oceanarium. She is the second pup from the threatened southern sea otter population to reside at Shedd. Currently referred to as "Pup 681," Shedd's animal care and veterinarian teams are providing the continual, round-the-clock care she needs to thrive. Estimated to be only one week old and weighing in at just over 2 pounds, the female pup was found on September 30 on Coastways Beach in California between the San Mateo and Santa Cruz county line. A citizen on an evening walk heard the newborn otter's cry and quickly notified The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC). TMMC staff contacted Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program and scientists determined the pup could not be retrieved that evening due to the remote location and impending darkness. On the morning of Oct. 1, the pup was still in the same location and determined to have been orphaned. Scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Sea Otter Program responded immediately to recover the pup and transport her to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Karl Mayer is Animal Care Coordinator for the Sea Otter Program. He said: "On arrival at Monterey Bay Aquarium, 681 weighed 1.0kg, which is tiny for a newborn sea otter, and she had been separated from mom for at least 16 hours. This meant it was critical that we begin to get calories into her as quickly as possible." Stranded sea otter pups requir - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Friday 7th November 2014 (7 Pictures)


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