Coming from the Buffalo Zoo in New York, Spanky, the one-year-old otter made his debut at the Jackson Zoo recently.
Spanky came to Jackson from the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y. Too young to develop a New Yorker accent or walking pace, he seems to be settling into Mississippi culture just fine. He is charming and bit of a show-off, even with a small audience. Never in the same spot for more than a few seconds, he darts around his exhibit, swims deep in the water, climbs up on a waterfall, rolls in the dirt and plays with a weed or a pebble to entertain himself. (source – Jackson Free Press)
Thanks to BBC Big Blue Live for this soothing loop of a baby sea otter!
Be sure to watch the BBC show Big Blue Live to see more awesome sea otter cuteness.
Go to the official BBC website to watch the show and/or see when it’s on in your area.
It just amazes me how awesome the sea otter rescue community is. It takes so much work and money to help a single sea otter and yet there are so many successful otter rescues every year, this one taking place at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Now dubbed Corky, because of the way he was floating when found, the otter is receiving supportive care, regular meals, and pain management. “We’re also continuing to keep an eye out for underlying causes like an algal toxicity or an encephalitis that may have made him more prone to getting hit by something,” said Dr. Haulena. “We are doing everything we can to ensure he has the best chance for a successful rehabilitation for the eventual release back into local waters.” As with all marine mammals saved by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, any eventual decision about Corky’s release will be made by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Little Pudding, a river otter orphaned her Oakridge, Oregon just made an appearance at the Oregon Zoo.
California Governor, Jerry Brown (pictured above with Linda Ronstadt sometime in the late 70’s) recently signed a bill to help the remaining California sea otter population.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will renew the California Sea Otter Fund for the next five years.
The fund, which was set to expire in December, helps the research, recovery and protection of the threatened California sea otter.
A woman in Hobe Sound, FL found an otter in her swimming pool on Sunday.
Wendy Hodges walked out her back door to find an otter in the pool.
“The kids loved it. They thought it was the coolest thing to have an otter in the pool,” she says.