Forget the glamorous stars. The real sport stars are actuallyÂ the everyday people who survive and successfully overcome badlyÂ injuries, personal hardships or simply long odds to achieve their own goals. Like this baby sea otterÂ which isÂ learning to swim and do other grown-up-otter things.
“The yet-to-be-named five-week-old sea otter pup was discovered in late September off the coast of central California and is starting a new life at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago after a rehabilitation period at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California,” writes Mashable.
“The female pup, for now simply referred to as “Pup 681,” was found stranded on a beach between San Mateo and Santa Cruz and estimated to be only a week old. At the time, she weighed only two pounds, but after four weeks of round-the-clock care, is now up to six pounds. She was transported to Shedd Aquarium last week.”
Thr baby otterÂ was rescued after a beach passer-by one evening justÂ heard the newborn otter’s cry and informed about itÂ a local conservation center, saysÂ Shedd Aquarium. Rescuers later discovered thatÂ she was part of a threatened Southern sea otter subspecies that generally dwells off the coast of central California.
According to Shedd, the aquarium is one of only a handful of facilities equipped to provide necessary and propper careÂ for otters like the found one. Tim Binder, the aquarium’s vice president of animal collections, revealed to reporters thatÂ Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium has a team of conservation experts and veterinarians caring for the pup.
âPup 681âs situation was urgent. As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive,â said Tim Binder. âThis rescued animal provides an opportunity for us to learn more about the biological and behavioral attributes of this threatened species and to encourage people to preserve and protect them in the wild.â
The team is introducing the otter to basic survival skills such as finding solid foods like clams or shrimp, grooming and regulating body temperature.
âIt truly takes a village to rehabilitate a young sea otter. Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter,â Binder said in a press release. “As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive.â
âOn arrival at Monterey Bay Aquarium, 681 weighed 1.0kg, which is tiny for a newborn sea otter, and she had been separated from mom for at least 16 hours. This meant it was critical that we begin to get calories into her as quickly as possible,â said Karl Mayer, Animal Care Coordinator for the Sea Otter Program.
Populations of Southern sea otters have been making a slow comeback in central California coastal waters, increasing at a rate of about 5% to 6% per year, according to the National Geological Survey.