When a six-week-old otter pup found himself separated from his family, his chances of survival were next to nothing.
Thankfully, one man noticed the pup’s peril and informed an otter watch group, who monitored the young otter from a distance. After ten hours of waiting to see if the otter’s family would return, veterinarians decided to transfer the orphan to Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS). From there, vets could feed and care for the otter while planning an attempt to reunite the baby otter with his family.
The rescue team named him ZooToby, and after one week, determined the otter was strong and healthy enough to be released into his natural habitat. The following video follows a team of over 20 people who helped scour the shoreline for ZooToby’s family and prepare for the precise moment of his release.
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At last, rescuers saw the perfect opportunity and seized the moment. Once released, ZooToby’s tiny baby squeaks were immediately noticed by the adult otters. Uncertain, the otter family made their way down the beach, picking up speed as the sound of their missing baby’s cries grew louder. Suddenly, ZooToby found himself staring into the faces of his family, who wasted no time in taking the youngster to safety. Carrying him by his neck scruff, the otter family made their way back down the beach.
In order to make sure ZooToby is truly accepted by his family, the rescue team is still keeping an eye on the otters. After one week, rescuers were happy to report back that the mother otter is still taking care of ZooToby. In addition, for everyone who will understandably be concerned about the mountains of trash piled up on the beach, FastSnail has announced that authorities are planning a coastal beach cleanup.
Thankfully this otter family was reunited and will soon be enjoying a cleaner habitat.
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