We never know what we may encounter while out on a walk! For one man, a simple walk on the beach turned into a search for parents that were nowhere to be seen – and they weren’t human parents, either!
Our story’s hero stumbled upon quite the scene one day.
While taking a walk along the beach one day to enjoy the fresh air and the sound of the beach, a man heard some strange noises. Going to investigate, he couldn’t quite tell where the person was calling for help from. After a bit of searching, he found out why. A baby animal was the one crying for help, not a human!
As he looked behind a dune, he found the animal in need of help.
It was a baby otter! The tiny creature was clearly in trouble and needed someone to help. Incredibly, the man on the beach wasn’t just a civilian, he worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! He knew that the baby otter was looking for its mother and probably wouldn’t survive in the wild without her help.
Putting on a glove, the man picked up the otter and paraded her down the beach.
While the baby cried, he hoped to lure in the mother! After a long time of walking up and down the coast, the man’s hopes fell. The surf was incredibly rough that day and it was likely that the little otter was permanently lost.
Thankfully, he had a plan b.
Taking the otter to the aquarium where he worked, he found some people who could help. The poor animal was only 4-weeks-old was severely traumatized from losing its mom in the storm. For the little animal, everything about her life had changed.
The plan was to place the baby with another female who could teach her the ways of being an otter!
Unfortunately, the aquarium where the man worked didn’t have any females. A few calls later, however, and they were in contact with the Shedd Aquarium who did! Before the transfer, they needed to get the little creature used to human interaction so she would adapt well. As long as they aren’t treated as pets, they can usually go back into the wild without a problem.
After getting brushed and fed, the adorable baby was getting used to humans.
The new home was happy to have her and the man who found her knew that she was in good hands. While she is at the new aquarium, the other otters will teach her how to forage for food, dive underwater, and so much more! The cute otter was so happy to feel safe and secure that she even loved sitting and receiving lots of scratches from her new caregivers.
Remember sea otter pup 719, who was rescued by our Sea Otter Program last month? We’re happy to announce that she’s found a permanent home at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at her journey from rescued pup to new member of the Shedd family. – Monteray Bay Aquarium
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