Orla The Otter Helps Deliver The Mail January 28. 2009
Kenny Wilson found little Orla the otter on his postal route. Orla looked abandoned and nearly frozen so he put her in his mail bag and took her on his route until he had time to deliver her safely to an animal rescue center. Thank you to Charlotte, Jon & Joan for sending me the link to this article!
From the BBC News - Scotland: The pup was initially named Ozzie but when it was discovered it was female Mr Wilson's wife, Jayne, came up with Orla.
The postman added: "Orla seemed to enjoy her 220-mile round trip round the Trossachs and when we got home we fed her some crushed chicken and put her in our cat Ebony's basket as she decided to go out for the night.
"Not many otters have been on a tour of central Scotland.
"The next day we contacted Arthurshiel and took her over there where she seems to be doing well."
Otter E-mail? January 27. 2009
Saw this on Cute Overload today. Why must they have such a monopoly on all cuteness (shaking fist in mock anger)? I wish an otter would send me e-mail! Sorry for the lack of updates, I'm backed up right now but more will be coming soon!
Video: Small-Clawed Asian Otters From The Bronx Zoo January 21. 2009
Otter Breaks Into Dublin Zoo January 20. 2009
This naughty little otter has been sneaking into the Dublin Zoo just to hang out (and probably get some easy food). Unfortunately, the zoo might be forced to trap the little guy because he might pose a potential threat to some of their waterfowl.
From World Zoo Today: It spends huge amounts of money ensuring its animals don’t escape, but now Dublin Zoo is trying to force its latest exhibit out.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has given a licence to zoo officials to trap an otter that has taken up residence in a lake in Phoenix Park. It is stealing food left for flamingos and there are concerns it may tuck into the birds themselves, or other exotic wildfowl.
Leo Oosterweghel, Dublin Zoo’s director, said: “We are not sure how it got in because we have a fantastic fence. I suspect it came in through one of the drains. But it’s also possible it entered through one of the gates. There is a lot of building work going on and it’s possible someone left a gate open.”
Afon The Orphaned Otter January 17. 2009
Secret World Wildlife Rescue has rescued the first otter of 2009. The young otter named Afon is lucky that there are such great organizations that are established to care for animals.
From Secret World: Secret World has admitted its first Otter of 2009. The young male, who has since been named Afon which is Welsh for River, was originally admitted to Bush House Veterinary Group in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
The vets were keen for him to go somewhere with experience of caring for Otters, so contacted Secret World. Within half an hour one of the charity's volunteers who were handily based near Swansea were on route to pick the orphaned cub up. They got him as far as the Severn crossing, at which point they passed him onto another couple of Secret World volunteers who got Afon down to the rescues centre in Highbridge, Somerset. There was some concern that one of his rear legs may have been broken, but during examination it was discovered that the lack of mobility shown was just due to his young age, which has been estimated to be around 6-7 weeks.
Afon is now being hand reared on Esbilac (a puppy milk formula) by one of Secret World's animal care team. and he will be going home with his carer over the weekend to ensure that he is getting the necessary round-the-clock attention. We hope to be able to update with more news and in a few days.
Asian Otter Family January 14. 2009
Wren's Otter Encounter January 13. 2009
Wren meets Charlie the Otter
I really hope everyone who lives in or visits the Southern California area can go on the Aquarium of the Pacific's Otter Encounter tour. Wren just went on the tour and sent these great pics.
Wren writes: It was every bit as wonderful as I hoped. After a tour behind the scenes of the aquarium, and a chance to feed sharks and sea horses, we were introduced to Charlie. Charlie is one of three resident sea otters at the aquarium, and the only male. He is also a true chow hound, which is not surprising given that he’s getting shrimp, crab, and other seafood delicacies.
Crab for lunch? Yum!
Hungarian Baby Otter January 9. 2009
This adorable little otter was rescued in Hungary. Thanks to Daniel for sending this in.
Daniel writes: Baby otter found in Agárd, Hungary. The helping hands found his new home in the Otter village on Lábod.
Hopefully the baby will be ok, and will gain lot of energy until the good weather arrives.
I wish I had an otter on my shoulder!
Amazing Aerial Otter Picture January 7. 2009
I've seen a lot of otter pictures but this one is definitely special. Award winning photographer Florian Schulz took this one from a plane and it's featured in MSNBC's Nature's Best Photography and also in his "Freedom to Roam" project. Thanks to Cyndie for sending this one in!
News: Christmas Day Baby Otter Saved in the UK January 6. 2009
A little otter pup was found abandoned on Christmas day and fortunately workers at the Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust have been able to nurse it back to health. They named it Nicholas after Santa Claus. I just wish I had pictures!
From the Sunday Mail UK: A BABY otter ditched and left to die in freezing weather has been saved by wildlife workers.
The tiny six-week-old pup was discovered curled up in an old tyre by a dogwalker.
He is now being handreared back to full fitness by staff at nearby Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust in Beith, Ayrshire.