A baby otter named Pup 681

Have you ever seen anything cuter than this? 
baby otter Pup 681
It’s not a koala bear.
This cute fuzzy little girl is a baby otter!
Her name is the not-very-imaginative Pup 681.
The Los Angeles Times reports, Nov. 5, 2014, that a beachgoer found the abandoned 2-lb baby sea otter while taking an evening stroll Sept. 30 along Coastways Beach between Santa Cruz and San Mateo.
The beachgoer heard the newborn pup crying and notified marine officials. But rescuers at the time couldn’t reach the pup because it was in a remote location and darkness was falling. The following morning, “Pup 681” was rescued and taken to Monterey Bay Aquarium, where experts quickly set about fattening her up given that she had been separated from her mother for an estimated least 16 hours or more.
After receiving around-the-clock care at the aquarium for four weeks, “Pup 681″ — a member of the threatened Southern Sea otter species — was shipped to the Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium in Chicago for continued rehabilitation, where she’ll be monitored round-the-clock by 6 to 8 animal-care experts.
“Pup 681’s situation was urgent,” said Tim Binder, Shedd’s vice president of the Oceanarium’s animal collections. “As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive.”
Now weighing in at 6 pounds, the 22.6-inch-long pup’s appearance is far different from several weeks ago, when it weighed slightly more than 2 pounds.
Experts are hoping she develops grooming, feeding, temperature regulating and foraging behaviors — all necessary to survive at sea. “It truly takes a village to rehabilitate a young sea otter,” Binder said. “Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter.”
Southern Sea otter populations in California have slowly recovered over the years. This year, the population is at 2,944, up from 2,939 in 2013, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. To be removed from the threatened species list, the population would need to exceed 3,090 for three consecutive years, according to the Southern Sea Otter Recovery Plan established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Since the little pup was orphaned when she was only 5 weeks old, Pup 681 has to be taught how to be a sea otter. Here’s a video of the good folks at Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium teaching the little pup:

~Eowyn

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0 responses to “A baby otter named Pup 681

  1. Dr Eowyn . . . that was marvelous. The love that was shown that precious creature. I haven’t been able to stop smiling since I view it.

     
  2. Can she be re-introduced to the group or will she be shunned forever? I hate the thought of her having to go it alone-she needs a family.

     
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  4. Thank you for your giving us breaks from the horrors of humanity’s current events with posts such as this.

     
  5. Ahhhhhhh – Eternal thanks!

     

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