SeaLife Center rescues first animal of 2018
A sea otter pup is alive and well at the Alaska SeaLife Center after it was found stranded in Homer on New Year's Day.
The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) responded to Bishop's Beach in response to a stranded sea otter pup on January 1. The pup was found unresponsive on the shore with "very dry fur" indicating the little guy was stranded for a significant amount of time, according to a release from ASLC. With the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the little guy was then rushed to the SeaLife Center where he was put under 24-hour care after veterinarians said he was severely dehydrated and malnourished.
"The pup endured a small seizure caused by low blood sugar, but stabilized after receiving intravenous fluids and a tube feeding," the release said.
The pup is estimated to be about 4 months old. ASLC officials say the pup is progressing well and now able to swim and groom on his own.
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