A sea otter pup recently rescued from a beach on the Kenai Peninsula is being rehabilitated at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

According to the center, the male pup was admitted three weeks ago on Sept. 7, after it was spotted on the shore “covered in sand” on Kasilof Beach.

“Thankfully this weakened pup appeared to be suffering from dehydration and malnutrition and not from a severe physical trauma,” said Dr. Kathy Woodie, staff veterinarian.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is rehabilitating a sea otter pup recovered from Kasilof Beach in early September 2017. (Courtesy ASLC)

Initial attempts Thursday afternoon to reach staff at the center regarding the circumstances under which the pup was discovered were unsuccessful.

SeaLife Center officials said the pup, estimated at two months old, is in guard condition but “progressing well.”

“We are cautiously optimistic with his improvement,” said Lisa Hartman, the center’s husbandry manager. “The first weeks after admittance to the center are always the most critical.”

The Alaska SeaLife Center is rehabilitating a sea otter pup recovered from Kasilof Beach in early September 2017. (Courtesy ASLC)

Workers at the center are grooming and feeding the pup, which is at a young and labor-intensive stage of care requirements, every three hours.

The pup is currently being treated in private areas of the center, but is expected to soon move to its I.Sea.U care area where it can be viewed by the public.

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