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Baby Otter Alert!

Meet the Bronx Zoo’s newest resident: an adorable new Asian small-clawed otter pup. This Spring birth is especially noteworthy as Asian small clawed otters occupy a shrinking range in Southeast Asia, specifically in India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and parts of southern China. The species is currently classified as “vulnerable” by IUCN. This bebeh otter is currently classified as “squeetastic” by me. ^_^

Thank-you YouTube Channel Wildlife Conservation Society for this adorable video!

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPR9xZq0e3I

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKXpVRDK92uObLftjwKEIQQ

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/the-bronx-zoo-welcomes-a-brand-new-adorable-baby-otter-042916

 http://www.inquisitr.com/3039691/bronx-zoo-welcomes-baby-otter-and-rare-fruit-bats/

 

 

Celebrating Otter Day in New Mexico

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than 150 first graders celebrated Otter Day yesterday by learning more about the animals and their environment. The first graders went on a hike, scavenger hunts and took part in other activities focusing on ecology. Students celebrated the reintroduction of the river otter to New Mexico’s rivers.

 

Source: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/legacy/publications/press_releases/documents/2008/101408otters.html

More than 60 years after they disappeared from their natural New Mexico habitat, river otters are thriving in the state once again.

“The last known wild, or native river otter was trapped and killed in the Gila River in the 1950s,” Rachel Conn said.

Conn is the projects director for Amigos Bravos, a water conservation group based in Taos. Amigos Bravos helped in creating New Mexico Friends of River Otters back in the early 2000s.

 

Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/6-wild-otters-released-into-New-Mexico-river-858690.php

The coalition’s goal was simple: get otters back into their natural habitat after pollution, deforestation and illegal trapping caused them to vanish from the state.

“[We] approached the Department of Game and Fish, their game commission, and advocated for a program to reintroduce river otters,” she said.

 

Source: http://wilderness.org/blog/best-recreation-new-rio-grande-del-norte-national-monument

Their plea worked. Between 2008 and 2010, 33 river otters were introduced into the Upper Rio Grande at the expense of $1,000 an otter. Since then, reported sightings were the only way the group knew how the otters were doing. That is, until this year.

“This year we initiated a new project, and that was our wildlife camera that we put out on the river in two places,” she said.

 

Source: http://www.desertusa.com/desert-animals/river-otter.html

Now there’s photographic proof that the otters are alive and well. Although there isn’t a way to track the population growth, Conn is confident that the otters are thriving and reproducing. Sightings of small otters have been reported.

“They’re a beautiful species, they’re at the top of the food chain, they provide critical, important functions to the rest of the ecosystem,” Conn said.

Otters can also help diminish the amount of invasive species in our area, like crayfish. “Otters love to eat crayfish,” she said.

 

Source: http://tucson.com/news/science/environment/nm-pulls-the-plug-on-gila-river-otters/article_3d05fc55-e3d7-570c-95c6-2e673564ae35.html

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://krqe.com/2016/04/20/student-learn-celebrate-otters-on-otter-day/

http://krqe.com/2016/03/27/wild-river-otters-thriving-in-new-mexico-rivers-again/

 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/legacy/publications/press_releases/documents/2008/101408otters.html

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/6-wild-otters-released-into-New-Mexico-river-858690.php

http://wilderness.org/blog/best-recreation-new-rio-grande-del-norte-national-monument

http://www.desertusa.com/desert-animals/river-otter.html

http://tucson.com/news/science/environment/nm-pulls-the-plug-on-gila-river-otters/article_3d05fc55-e3d7-570c-95c6-2e673564ae35.html


Baby Otter Rescued in Florida makes New Home in Denver

Rescued near a gas station in Tampa, Florida, a baby North American river otter has made his way to Denver, Colorado: his new home.

The otter was first taken to a local Florida wildlife sanctuary,  Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, where he was named Oliver. After spending a few weeks there, Oliver arrived Friday at the Denver Downtown Aquarium, where he will live permanently.

Source: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29694901/baby-otter-pup-rescued-florida-makes-denver-aquarium

Oliver, who is about 11 weeks old, began his journey to Denver with Porter aboard a FedEx jet last week.  The blizzard in Denver forced the jet to ground in Memphis, where Oliver “received star treatment” at the FedEx world hub, with his own pool, and a shrimp and salmon dinner. When DIA reopened, Oliver was able to land safely.

Source: http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2016/03/29/otter-pup-rescued-florida-new-member-denver-aquarium/82375332/

The sanctuary determined that Oliver had become too accustomed to human interaction and it would be dangerous for him to be released back into the wild. Instead, it sought alternative options for his new home.

“Though it would have been ideal for him to be released in the Florida environment, I couldn’t have found a more spectacular home for an orphan that will always hold a place in my heart,” Kris Porter of the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary said in a news release Monday.

The Downtown Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has two otters in existing exhibits.

Oliver’s familiarity with humans will allow the staff to continue to work hands-on with him. The aquarium hopes Oliver will later allow guests to interact with him so people can learn more about the threatened river otter species.

Source: http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/Baby-Otter-Pup-Grounded-By-Last-Weeks-Blizzard-Makes-It-To-Denver-Aquarium-373852791.html

“Facilities like ours take pride in supporting conservation of wildlife through working with facilities like the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, so we can give animals like Oliver a second chance to live out their lives and be ambassadors to their species,” said Jim Prappas, director of animal husbandry for Landry’s Inc., which owns the Denver aquarium.

Prappas said Oliver won’t be added to the exhibit officially for about a year and needs to be kept separate from the other otters until he is older.

“That kind of stuff isn’t always black and white. He’s still young,” Prappas said. “But he’s already doing great. He’s already up to his young antics and is eating and responding well to staff. He’s very bright, which makes this training process much easier.”

Source: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29694901/baby-otter-pup-rescued-florida-makes-denver-aquarium

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29694901/baby-otter-pup-rescued-florida-makes-denver-aquarium

http://owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife.com/

http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/

 http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/Baby-Otter-Pup-Grounded-By-Last-Weeks-Blizzard-Makes-It-To-Denver-Aquarium-373852791.html

 

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2016/03/29/otter-pup-rescued-florida-new-member-denver-aquarium/82375332/


Baby Otter Featured on Brave Wilderness

Have you ever heard of Brave Wilderness? I hadn’t until they featured a baby river otter (I know, go figure, right?)

According to it’s YouTube page, “The Brave Wilderness Channel is your one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters!  Follow along with adventurer and animal expert Coyote Peterson and his crew as they lead you on three exciting expedition series – Breaking Trail, Dragon Tails and Coyote’s Backyard – featuring everything from Grizzly Bears and Crocodiles to Rattlesnakes and Tarantulas…each episode offers an opportunity to learn something new!”

 

This episode got up close and personal with an adorable baby river otter which had been abandoned. Rescued just days earlier, this Little Orphan Otter was lucky enough to find its way to the wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary Coyote and the crew were visiting in Florida. He feeds him a bottle, splashes down at the stream, and then cuddles him til he ready for a nap. Super Cute! ^_^

Thank-you YouTube page The Brave Wilderness Channel for this fascinating up-close look at a baby river otter!

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://youtu.be/ajd3-C5kVL0

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6E2mP01ZLH_kbAyeazCNdg

 

Otter Overload

The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is caring for six orphaned otter cubs, the largest number they have ever had at one time before, so it is literally an Otter Overload. The newest resident came from Seldova when he was only a couple days old, and has needed around the clock care. His Cuteness is featured in the video below:

Thanks to WWMT for this “soft spot”-hitting news report.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://wwmt.com/news/offbeat/record-number-of-otters-rescued-at-sealife-center-means-extra-cuteness

http://www.ktva.com/alaska-sealife-center-caring-for-record-number-of-sea-otter-pups-736/

 

The Miracle & Aftermath of a Sea Otter Birth

On Saturday, March 5th, a a pregnant wild sea otter took shelter in the Great Tide Pool of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in Monterey, California, and gave birth to her pup, while guests and staff watched the miracle of life in action. Their sea otter researchers have been observing wild otters for years but had never gotten to see a birth this close.

 

Two days ago, on March 8th, the wild sea otter mom and her pup headed out into Monterey Bay, to begin their lives together. May they remain happy and healthy, as they play their part in returning the sea otter population to its former glory.

 

Thank-you, Monterey Bay Aquarium, in your tireless efforts that have created a bastion for the California sea otter.

 

DISCLAIMER: This video shows a sea otter giving birth and might be considered graphic.

Thank-you, YouTube Channel Monterey Bay Aquarium for sharing this miracle with all of us.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://youtu.be/7ZjB8JKbufE

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnM5iMGiKsZg-iOlIO2ZkdQ

 

Rescued Baby Otter Loves Her Stuffed Animals

A river otter pup was found alone and crying by the side of the road earlier this week in Tampa, Florida. She is now being looked after by Kris Porter, a licensed and experienced rehabilitator with Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife.

Kris told The Dodo that the five-week-old otter, who hasn’t been named (yet?), is unusually affectionate for a river otter. Usually, Kris explains, “they’d be tearing my hand up,” but this little otter loves belly rubs and cuddles with her otter stuffed animals.

She also, apparently, likes to leave the stuffies in her water bowl. Other reports have concluded that she is trying to “drown” the stuffies, but I would like to submit the hypothesis that she is simply trying to teach them to swim.

The sanctuary has to keep back up toys on hand, in either case, since they keep getting so wet, which is, so cute. ^_^

Porter said tha tno matter how attached she’s gotten, her greatest satisfaction comes when they are well enough to return to the wild, and that’s what she hopes for this otter too. However if she is just simply too nice for the wildthen she won’t be released back there, because liking humans that much would make living without them too dangerous.

In that case, she’ll be donated to an aquarium or wildlife center, and become a species ambassador. Then, she’ll finally get a name.

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://www.thedodo.com/otter-stuffed-animals-rescue-1624794661.html

http://metro.co.uk/2016/02/26/rescued-baby-otter-loves-her-cuddly-otter-look-a-like-teddies-but-keeps-drowning-them-5718792/

http://owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife.com/