Who doesn’t cherish watching otters play, hold hands, and use each other’s bellies as rafts? Sea otters, which live in northern coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean, are iconic swine, their charm builds them enormous mascots for environmental protection exertions, and their importance to their neighbourhood ecosystems cannot be understated.
Sadly, ocean otters are threatened by pollution, poaching, and commercial fishing, which sometimes leads to baby otters laundering up to shore unattended. But thanks to the efforts of aquariums where people are able to care for them around the clock and teach them life skills, even otter orphans have a chance of stimulating it to adulthood.
And we get a lot of cute newborn otter pics along the way. Scroll down, have a look, and upvote your favorites!
Baby sea otters’ fluff isn’t just adorable, it’s practical: they can’t sink because their fantastically dense “hairs-breadth” captures air, reaching them float. But they still have to be taught to swim and groom themselves, which is more difficult for humen to encourage them to do without an adult otter to show them.
Another reason why raising orphaned otters isn’t easy is because they get sick readily due to not receiving antibodies from their mother’s milk, a condition you may be familiar with if you’ve ever had to bottle-feed abandoned kittens or puppies.
Many orphaned otters who are raised through this difficult time by humans are determined by wildlife experts to be non-releasable, meaning they become too trusting of the human rights to be safe in the wildernes, and be brought to an end having to live in captivity permanently.
One aquarium in California has figured out how to increase the number of baby otters that can be successfully returned to the wild: by countenance otters raise them, of course. Now, the first wire of action upon taking in an orphaned otter is to give it to an adult female otter. Otters are very social and many of them don’t think twice about raising a puppy that’s handed to them.
According to the International Otter Survival Fund, out of the 13 species of otters various regions of the world, the only ones that are not warned or endangered are North American River Otters, which live just about everywhere in the United District and Canada except for the Rocky Mountains and dry areas.
Some river otters induced it into this list too–they’re a little sleeker than fluffy newborn ocean otters, but just as cute.