Tanu and Mak interacted almost immediately and had some good bouts of playful wrestling and porpoising about in their habitat. Tanu then interacted with Kunik in a similar fashion. Rialto, the youngest and most timid pup, remained on a haulout, where he was joined by Kunik and Mak, and then Tanu, who sniffed the pups before she returned to the water to swim and groom. As time passed, the pups became more comfortable and began grooming and spending more and more time in the water.
The pups will meet the other adult sea otters, Elfin and Katmai, in time. For now, here’s a throwback to when little Rialto met his two new friends Kunik and Mak!
Shedd Aquarium writes:
Following the unexpected lake effect snow showers earlier this week, totaling in five to 10 inches, Shedd Aquarium’s five sea otters – Yaku, Kiana, Mari, Luna and Ellie – celebrated a Chicago snow day this week as animal care experts brought fresh snow into the Regenstein Sea Otter Habitat. In typical “otter-ly” adorable fashion, the Californian and Alaskan sea otters were spotted running, jumping, sliding and rolling in the snow.