An orphaned sea otter pup in California has officially landed a forever home. She was first discovered on September 30th when a passerby on an evening stroll heard her cries.
The baby was in a remote location and initially she couldn’t be reached. The following day, the pup was still in the same spot and experts concluded she had likely been orphaned.
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Staffers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife transported her to Monterey Bay Aquarium where she received care for about a month.
Experts determined that the little sea otter couldn’t be reintroduced to wild, so officials from Shedd Aquarium in Chicago jumped up to help.
They’re offering her a home for the rest of her life. The baby, which is being called Pup 681 arrived at the facility on October 28th. She was five weeks old and weighed under 6 pounds.
Pup 681 has shown quite a bit of progress during the short time she’s been at the aquarium. She’s sampling solid foods, sipping formula from a bottle and even drying herself off after a dip.
Shedd’s Vice President of Animal Collections remarked “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.”
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