Shedd Aquarium in California has now welcomed the arrival of a cute little sea otter pup. Apparently, this pup is known as Pup 681, and is orphaned at just 5 weeks, weighing less than 6 pounds. Sea otter specialists and veterinarians are constantly monitoring and caring for this pup at the facility since October 28 when she arrived at the aquarium.
The pup was apparently rescued along the southern Californian coast by the state wildlife officials, after which, she was taken to Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is the leader in rehabilitation of sea otters.
Following this, Shedd Aquarium, which is known to have more than 25 years of experience in tending to fragile sea otter pups, was more than willing to give the pup a permanent home. Sources say that the pup is growing well and achieving new milestones with each passing day. Her progress is also being tracked regularly, and is being mentioned on a blog.
“Sea otters are the heaviest members of the weasel family and are the second smallest marine mammals. Instead of an extra layer of blubber to keep them warm, as most marine mammals have, sea otters have the densest fur in the animal kingdom, ranging from 250,000 to a million hairs per square inch for insulation.”
Californian sea otters are known to grow upto 4 feet, and can weigh around 45 pounds (females) to 65 pounds (males), and may have a lifespan of around 10-15 years (males) and 15-20 years (females).