Monterey Sea Otter Gets New Home In Audubon Aquarium
The Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans recently welcomed a new guest, a minor sea otter from Monterey, California, which was rescued.
According to a statement from the Audubon Nature Institute, the female sea otter is 18 months old and arrived at the institution on Wednesday, March 8, in the evening. She has got a new companion, an 8-year old sea otter named Clara who is a present resident of Audubon's 25,000 gallon sea otter habitation.
"We are thrilled to be able to provide a new companion for Clara. Having the ability to care for this rescued otter, and support southern sea otter conservation with our partners," said Beth Firchau, Director of Animal Husbandry, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Where Was The Otter Found?
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program found the abandoned baby sea otter when she was only a day old in September 2015. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Officials decided that the baby otter would not survive without having a home after their multiple failed attempts to send her back into the ocean, where she belongs.
The baby otter traveled for almost a whole day just to arrive at her new home in New Orleans. The sea otter has a favorite toy, a red ball which she brought along to entertain herself during the long journey.
Does She Have A Name?
No the baby otter does not have a name yet but will soon. Audubon Aquarium is arranging an online poll to offer visitors an opportunity to name the baby otter, which can be found on its official website.
There are three name options that people can choose from - Ruby, Charley and Pearl. All the three names are related to renowned author and Monterey County resident John Steinbeck. The chosen name will be declared on the aquarium's official Facebook page and website on March 16.
The Value Of SORAC program
SORAC program is continuously researching and trying to rescue vulnerable otters of southern sea since 1984. It saves, treats, raises, releases or takes care of otters and also arranges scientific research. Although the prime focus of this program is southern sea otters but SORAC authority planned to study sea otters of Russia, Alaska and also southern California in association with the U.S. Geological Survey and several other scientists.
Audubon is famous for its hard work and incredible care given by human to the sea otters, said Firchau. She also added that their collaboration with SORAS is very important for them to do their work properly.
To get the chance of naming the otter, visit Audubon's Facebook page or Official website.
To see the adorable otter playing with her ball, check out the video below.
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