A Rescued Sea Otter Pup Finds a New Home at the Aquarium

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The baby was recently rescued by "... trained responders from The Marine Mammal Center’s field office in Morro Bay."
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"Government wildlife officials determined that the orphaned pup could not survive on his own in the wild and deemed him unreleasable," shared the aquarium.
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The Aquarium of the Pacific stepped in and offered to give the little guy a home in its otter-focused nursery.
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"When he arrived at the Aquarium a few weeks ago, he weighed about ten pounds. He is eating well and is now up to 16 pounds," Brett Long, Aquarium of the Pacific curator of marine mammals and birds, said.
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"Caring for this young otter pup will further the experience of Aquarium staff who will be helping to care for orphaned pups as a participant in the Sea Otter Surrogacy program, which pairs resident aquarium otters with orphaned pups to teach them the skills to survive in the wild. The Sea Otter Surrogacy program is the result of a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has rescued, rehabilitated, and released stranded sea otter pups since the 1980s," the aquarium said in a Dec. 21 statement.
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"The new surrogacy area at the Aquarium of the Pacific is being built behind the scenes at its Molina Animal Care Center and will accommodate three to four rescued sea otter pups each year. 'Staff interaction with the orphaned otters in the surrogacy program will need to be minimal, and staff will need to wear special suits that distort the human form so these pups have a better chance at surviving in the wild,'" Long says.
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Admire the youngster when he joins the more mature Southern Sea Otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific's Sea Otter Habitat on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021.
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