Otter Finds New Friend
A rescued sea otter is getting a fresh outlook on life. Walter, who goes by the nickname of Wally, is spending his days at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre where he often plays in the water and has even become friends with a fellow otter.
A little over a year ago, Wally was discovered on Vancouver Island. Good Samaritans had reported witnessing a lethargic and distressed creature.
Rescuers soon learned Wally had been shot. He was taken to the aquarium’s rescue centre where employees removed a number of shotgun pellets from his body and head.
He was left permanently blind by the injuries from the shotgun. He underwent surgeries to correct an injured flipper and mouth but the conclusion was made that he would never be able to return to the wild.
What he can do though is enjoy life at the aquarium. Wally was recently introduced to another rescued sea otter named Tanu.
Staffers are monitoring their interaction, but thus far they seem to get along just fine.
The curator of marine mammals at the Vancouver Aquarium said Tanu “became more comfortable and a short while later she kind of did a jump right onto his chest and he did what we were hoping, a nice quiet reaction. There was just some touching and some rolling about.”
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