A two-day-old otter pup was found lost at sea in San Luis Obispo’s Morro Bay, so the Marine Mammal Center promptly set out to try and find her mother.
A strong tide and winds had separated the pup from her mother while she foraged for food. When they saw the distressed newborn all by herself, locals called the non-profit.
The Marine Mammal Center responded, joining forces with the Morro Bay Harbor Department and environmental scientist Mike Harris, as they all began their search.
Senior environmental scientist Mike Harris tossed the pup away from the boat so that her mother wouldn’t be scared and could retrieve her. Otter pups are physically unable to sink, so Harris knew the baby would be OK.
Here is the video:
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The pup’s mother immediately pulled her daughter into an embrace as she emerged to retrieve her baby.
She hugged her pup to her belly and the mother and child soon swim away.
Their reunion is an incredibly rare success story — most otters will never see their pups again if separated.
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