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Otter 572 Goes to a New Home
Rescued otter pup number 572, who went on exhibit on Valentine’s Day (February 14) of this year, went behind the scenes on May 29 to prepare for his eventual transfer to the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn.
Otter 572—so named because he’s the 572nd stranded sea otter to be brought into the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program—was found stranded January 5 on a Cayucos beach (San Luis Obispo County) as a two-week-old pup weighing less than six pounds.
The young otter had a laceration on his shoulder, possibly the result of a great white shark bite that may have killed his mother. He was admitted to the Aquarium’s veterinary intensive care unit, then eventually introduced to surrogate mother Joy. The pair did great on exhibit, and the two have now been replaced by female otters Mae and Kit. Joy is temporarily behind the scenes. Don’t worry, she’ll be back!
Why is otter 572 going to a new home? Our exhibit otters are all female so we don’t have room to house a male. (In the wild, females and males rarely live together. Instead, they live separately in “rafts”—a group of sea otters—except when mating.) So 572 will go to the New York Aquarium, which is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We’re working closely with the New York Aquarium’s staff to ensure that the transfer is smooth and the otter is well cared for.
We wish 572 great success in his new home. Meanwhile, you can enjoy Mae and Kit on exhibit when you visit—or via our live web cam!
Our Newest Otter Pup Gets an A-Plus on Exhibit
Imagine that you’re a 10-week-old sea otter pup on exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. What do you do all day, while hundreds of happy faces press against the window?
Actually, your job is pretty simple, and consists of two main things: eat and grow.
Fortunately, it turns out that rescued otter number 572, who went on exhibit February 14, excels in both of these areas. He’s consuming shrimp, clams and squid, and now weighs almost 16 pounds. A small laceration—which we think came from a shark—is healing nicely.
Along the way, 572 has developed a great relationship with his companion, Joy, who happens to be an expert in all things otter pup. In her 13 years she’s helped raise 16 young sea otters, many of whom we have returned to the wild, where they’ve gone on to raise pups of their own. This grande dame of sea otter moms must be doing something right.
In addition to eating and growing, the young pup is doing some extracurricular work in the form of ice chewing and vigorously playing with enrichment toys like ice, Frisbees and balls. When he’s not jumping for joy, he’s jumping on Joy. The two like to wrestle and groom each other, which is a good practice for any sea otter, since well-groomed fur helps ensure it can withstand Monterey Bay’s chilly waters.
The pup will be with us for a while longer, but isn’t able to go back to the wild. He’ll find a permanent home later this year at another accredited public aquarium in the U.S.