Sea Otter Surrogate Mom Selka Is Raising Her First Rescued Pup!
Longtime Daily Otter followers may be aware of Monterey Bay Aquarium's fantastic Sea Otter Program, but if you are unfamiliar with it, one of the really neat features is their surrogacy program. When a pup is rescued after having been found separated from or abandoned by their mother, they are brought to the aquarium where they are introduced to the adult sea otter residents (themselves non-releasable rescues). These otters act as surrogate mothers, teaching the pups everything they need to know in order to otter in the wild. This video shows resident Selka training rescued Pup 774 in preparation for 774's release back to the wild! Read more about the Sea Otter Program here.