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.
Read more at the Vancouver Aquarium Blog
I’ve never heard of an otter having asthma and from this report, Mishka the otter at The Seattle Aquarium is the first to be diagnosed. The amazing trainers have taught her how to use a modified inhaler too!
Source – USA Today
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.
Read more at the Contra Costa Times
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.
Read more at WPTV.com
Owners of fish ponds in Sherborne in the UK are warning others to secure their ponds from otters looking for an easy meal. Here in the US, we have raccoons that go after our fish ponds so we usually put large pieces of pipe or other hiding places to protect our fish from predators but I’m not sure how you can stop an otter from using your pond as an easy fish buffet other than building a secure fence around your property.
From the Western Gazette: Dru Gurzynski, of Bradford Road, is urging people in the west of Sherborne to secure their ponds after her prized Koi Carp pond was devastated.
This is Masa, the Small-Clawed Asian otter who lives at the Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Pref in Japan. Thanks to the awesome otter website Kawausosu.com for this video.