The Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Sea otter pup progressing well under Alaska SeaLife Center care
June 29, 2018

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to report that the sea otter pup admitted to the Center’s Wildlife Response Program on June 1 has cleared its initial quarantine period.   Visitors to the Center may observe this young pup which is receiving 24-hour care in the Center’s I.Sea.U., located near the touch tank. The pup was estimated to be just a few days old when she was found in Prince William Sound.

ASLC veterinarian, Dr. Kathy Woodie noted, “We’re so pleased she readily took to bottle feeding. Often sea otter pups take days before they will latch on a bottle and must be tube fed to receive critical nutrients.” While this little pup is strong, veterinarians still monitor her condition. The sea otter pup has been named “Ranney” after Ranney Glacier. Animal Care Specialist, Halley Werner notes, “She is very interactive with enrichment, and becoming stronger and more coordinated each day.” Ranney still requires around the clock care from the team and takes formula from a bottle every three hours.

The Alaska SeaLife Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the only permitted marine mammal wildlife response and rehabilitation entity in Alaska. Over 80% of the funding for the Center’s wildlife response program comes from charitable contributions. The Center is thankful for the generous support of visitors, donors and our 2018 corporate sponsors, including BP Alaska, ConocoPhillips Alaska, SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, PetZoo, Silverton Mountain Guides, and GCI.

If a sick or injured animal is encountered, ASLC staff urge people to call first, observe at a safe distance, respect the animal’s territory, and keep pets and children away. ASLC operates a 24-hour stranding hotline where trained professionals will walk people through the proper steps to assist the animal. Call 1-888-774-SEAL if you see a marine mammal in distress.

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