How to train your sea otter: Lone pup rescued, aquarium readies her for the otter life

November 5, 2014 7:30 PM

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An otter pup rescued from a beach when just a week old is being trained to be an independent adult by officials at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The female otter weighed just two pounds when she was found on the California coast. The helpless animal, 22.56 inches long, was brought to Monterey Bay Aquarium for medical care.

Pup 681 is now receiving care at the Abbott Oceanarium, managed by Shedd Aquarium. Marine conservationists at the facility are teaching the young mammal to care for itself in the wild, including lessons in feeding and grooming. She is also being shown when to climb into and out of water, in order to...

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