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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.

 

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

 

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

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3nKYEFmNW0

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

 

Asthmatic Otter Gets Inhaler

A good friend shared this with me today, and I was so touched by the article, I wanted to share it with all the otter fans. :-)

The Seattle Aquarium believes it has diagnosed the first case of sea otter asthma.

“Mishka” knows nothing about wildfires, but the 1-year-old did learn what it’s like to have trouble breathing when smoke got thick and hovered over Seattle skies.

“These lungs here, you can see, have more white in them. In a normal radiograph of a sea otter, you wouldn’t be able to see those things,” explained Dr. Lesanna Lahner.

Dr. Lahner diagnosed Mishka with asthma. Now, Mishka needs to learn how to use an inhaler — just like humans.

“We want to make this as fun as possible. Any kind of medical behavior you’re training, you want to make sure it’s nice and positive,” said Lahner.

Her trainer, Sara Perry, uses food to teach Mishka to push her nose on the inhaler and take a deep breath. Mishka’s medicine is exactly the same as what’s in a human inhaler.

But she may have something else in common with humans.

“More and more there starts to be this concept of what we’re calling “One Health,” which really is that there’s a connection between health of people and the health other species,” said Dr. Peter Rabinowitz. “Sometimes those species can tell us there is a problem in the environment that could be important for human health as well.”

Dr. Rabinowitz is a professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, as well as the Department of Global Health.

Human cases of asthma are up by about 25% over the last decade. Researchers believe air quality is at least partially to blame.

The health of sea otters dates back to their extinction in Washington. Forty years ago, Alaskan sea otters were brought south and reintroduced on the coast.

“Any time that happens and reduces the genetic diversity of a species that can affect their immune system, ability to fight off diseases or deal with environmental contaminants,” Lahner said.

It means animals like Mishka can have heightened sensitivities that alert us to environmental changes. Though only about a year old, she’ll likely need the inhaler for the rest of her life.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2015/09/16/sea-otter-asthma-inhaler-seattle-aquarium/32528279/

Sleepy Otter Starfeesh

The latest in cute Japanese otter videos is here! ^_^

A young sea otter sleeps with his arms outstretched, which is very unusual (and adorable)!  Usually, sea otters sleep with their paws folded in.  In humans, the arms-outstretched sleeping position is called “the starfish” and only 5% of people (including myself) sleep in this manner.  I wonder if sea otters are the same way….

 

Happy Ottersday :#)