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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.


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.


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.


“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.”


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.

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Otters & Their Waters

Tomorrow, February 26, the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, is opening a brand new otter exhibit(!) called Otters & Their Waters.


The exhibit will feature North American river otters and provide an otter’s-eye view of their watershed homes. Watersheds- lands that drain water toward rivers, estuaries and the sea- are important to people and myriad wildlife, including river otters, their prey and many animals from land to the coastal oceans where Mote Marine Laboratory scientists carry out their research.


Visitors will see three otters- Huck, Jane, and Pippi- that were orphaned too young to survive alone and so were raised by wildlife rehabilitators. Mote’s animal care specialists will work with the otters and educate guests during narrated training sessions. Huck, Jane and Pippi are all too tame to be released, and they will serve as ambassadors for their watershed homes at Mote.

"Huck" (Source:

Huck was found in September 2015 by a veterinarian in Melbourne, Fla. He was 5 months old and appeared to have issues using his hind legs. He was people-friendly, suggesting he might have been hand-raised. He received a veterinary checkup, and within days his hind leg issues seemed to be gone.

"Jane" (Source:

Jane was rescued in spring 2015 and came to Mote from an animal rehabilitation facility in Conway, South Carolina. At the time of rescue, she was about 4-6 weeks old and weighed only about two pounds. She weighed ten pounds on arrival at Mote. Jane and Pippi, raised at the same facility, enjoyed a diet that started with Gatorade (a source of electrolytes) and otter formula. At 8-10 weeks, they were weaned on a protein-rich diet including scrambled eggs, ground turkey and more, then eating fish and crab meat, and ultimately, whole fresh fish. They learned to swim in a bathtub and then a larger pool. Jane is more dominant than Pippi and loves to play in her sandbox.

"Pippi" (Source:

Pippi was rescued in spring 2015 and came from the same Conway, S.C.-based facility as Jane. At the time of rescue, she was believed to be a week to 10 days younger than Jane and weighed 2.1 pounds. She weighed 7 pounds on arrival at Mote. Pippi is more shy and calm than Jane, with darker coloring around her face.


Please watch Mote’s web site and social media for upcoming announcements. Share your excitement with us by using #MoteOtters on social media.


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Abandoned Sea Otter Pup Gets New Home in Chicago

Sea otter pup 719 was rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Program, after she was separated from her mother during a terrible El Niño storm. After unsuccessfully trying to reunite he with her mother, they took her back to the Aquarium.

When 719 stranded, all of their available surrogates were already paired with other rescued pups, so their next option was to find a forever home for the pup. Luckily, friends and colleagues at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois had room available in their sea otter exhibit!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at her journey from rescued pup to new member of the Shedd family. Thank-you YouTube Channel Monterey Bay Aquarium for this fantastic footage. I love the sounds of the waves at the beginning.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has the only program in the world that focuses on rescuing and caring for stranded southern sea otter pups. They raise pups for release back into the wild, and try to place non-releasable pups in long-term homes at accredited U.S. aquariums and zoos.

Prepping a pup for release to the wild is an intensive, long-term project. After initial guidance through early developmental stages from our Sea Otter Program staff, pups must complete a survival skills class with one of our five resident female sea otters during a months-long surrogacy. It’s a lot of work for everyone involved!

Thank-you Monterey Bay and Shedd Aquarium for doing your part to save the Sea Otter. <3


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Rehabilitating Scottish Otter Cubs

Due to record-breaking rainfall and flooding in Scotland this Winter, 21 otter cubs are being cared for by a dedicated team at the Scottish National Wildlife Rescue Center.


It may be surprising that an otter could be badly affected by rain and flooding, but the young aren’t very agile, and can get washed away from their family dens during floods.


The Scottish National Wildlife Rescue Center will care for them until they can be released back into the wild when the floods have subsided.

Thank-you for all your hard work and dedication!


Here’a an adorable clip of the BBC video on these orphaned otters (thanks to Youtube user Kyle P.)



To watch the entire 4 minute BBC video, click here.


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