MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Sea Otter

Patient ID: EL2001

Admitted on: 2020/07/03

Collection Site: Kyuquot

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation

Weight at Admission: 1.76 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 43 days (1 month, 1 week, 5 days)

Current Habitat: Hospital (Intensive Care)

Patients that require intensive care or are recovering from emergency procedures are cared for at our hospital.

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Air Nootka


Date Weight in kg

2020/07/03 1.76

2020/07/25 3.1

2020/08/03 3.89

2020/08/09 4.66


Joey is a male sea otter pup believed to be just 10 days old when he was rescued. He was discovered near Kyuquot after a concerned member of the public heard him vocalizing overnight on July 2 and discovered a deceased adult sea otter in the area, presumed to be his mother, the next morning.

Symbolic Adoption

You can help us care for Joey and the more than 100 marine mammals we rescue, rehabilitate and release every year by symbolically adopting him today with a small donation to the rescue centre.

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Patient Updates Live Video Feed

Joey is learning to groom himself! His teeth are also growing in quickly, and it's best to stay clear of them now! His favourite toy of the moment seems to be an orange pylon (although he has a huge selection now). And if there's one thing he likes more than all his toys, it's probably ice. He likes to cuddle with it, suckle on it, crunch it, roll in it ─ you name it, he does it. He's also been upgraded to a large tub for his swims which now last up to 15 minutes. While in the water, he loves to chase his "kelp" ─ or his penguin toy.

Joey is still criminally adorable, eats and sleeps a lot ─ and every now and then interacts with his toys, of which there is an abundance these days! He's also trying to groom himself a little bit these days, but while it looks really cute, it's not very effective yet...

Joey has gained strength and is becoming more active, interacting with his environment and with toys. He is still being bottle-fed 12 times a day and is gaining weight.

Joey has developed a huge appetite and is eagerly drinking all the formula he is given. That's a very encouraging sign!

Joey has been admitted to the rescue centre. He's tiny, hypothermic and in urgent need of some food, but, otherwise seems to be in rather good shape. Staff are working to stabilize him, and he is receiving around-the-clock care.

Guestbook for Joey

  1. We are cheering you on Joey! You got this little guy ❤️
    Do we know what might have happened to his mother? 🙁

  2. I cried tears if joy seeing him doing well. Didn’t realize he was a boy when we rescued him. Such an adorable little sweetie. Hope and pray he continues to thrive. Thank you to everyone looking after him. Love this little guy ❤️😍

  3. You go Joey! Keep drinking that formula and stay warm and cozy! We want to see you become a full size otter! I have a otter pup named Ollie who would love to see you!

  4. I’m so sorry you lost your mama and extended family, but you are in great hands now. You are adorable and will be well-loved and prepared for adult life….

  5. Glad you were found Joey! Kyuquot is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

  6. I am so glad that Joey is doing well. I hate to see little critter suffer like that but he is in good hands now.

  7. Oh you sweet baby I am so sorry you lost your Momma. The entire world is pulling for you-especially me and my hubs! We love you already! Don’t grow up too quickly! The good folks around you will take the best care of you! Thanks for all the rehab centers and good folk who care for all these little fella’s. Grow strong and thrive Joey!!!!

  8. Hi Joey,I saw you on global news this morning ,You are so cute, I was so proud of you ,keep on doing eating well and growing. Love you.

  9. Such a lovelly creature ! Hugs ,love & kisses for Joey ♥️💋💋💌💘💘

  10. So happy you are growing and getting stronger! Thank you for the happy moments you share that make me smile!

  11. Hang in there little guy you can do it, such a sweet little guy I want to give him all the loves in the world

  12. How sad his mother died. How wonderful that he (or she) was found on time. Also wonderful job rescuers! May God bless you!

  13. Oh my goodness such a cutie‼️So thankful Joey was rescued and is recovering… huge shoutout to everyone involved!! Sending big hugs and lots of 💗💗💗 from Ohio💌🤗💖

  14. I gifted the adoption of Joey to my 12 year old son who is just in love with all animals. When I showed him Joey he was so excited to help him! He said, “I wish I can go see him and help.” We can’t wait to see how he grows and gets bigger and stronger!

  15. Keep fighting Joey. It’s going to be a long journey but thanks to the wonderful people at the centre , you have a good chance of making it. Praying for you sweetheart.

  16. Go joey!!! Sending good vibes. You are precious❤️❤️❤️ Thank you to all you volunteers who are helping care for Joey, you all are angel 😇

  17. I adopted Joey, thanks to the people of the center for what you re all doing. We love you Joey, keep strong, big love from France

  18. Adopted~

    Hope to see more Joey’s wellbeing updates 🙏🏻
    Love from Singapore ❤️

  19. Joey you are so adorable. It’s nice to see you getting better. You are loved by us all. ❤️❤️❤️

  20. I have just adopted little Joey♥️ He is sooo adorable!!! God bless him!!!
    I would like to thank the people of the center for what you are all doing!

  21. Awww thank you for saving Joey he’s so cute I hope everything stays good for Joey I’m way over here in Idaho I Love You Joey

  22. I wish you long life little one.
    And hope they are able to check what killed the mother.
    I hope your return to the wild will be safe one.
    Thank you to all that care for the little one.

  23. Any updates on wee Joey? Hopefully he’s continuing to grow strong. Was my Daughter Eleasha who’s beach she found him on on our island.

  24. I adopted this little guy this morning. He was the first thing I saw at 6:00 AM when I was scrolling through Facebook. I am glad he is doing well and I hope he continues to grow and one day returns to the wild and make new friends. Thanks to everyone who is taking care of this little guy. You are truly amazing. Keep posting updates!!!

  25. So sorry that wee Joey’s Mum seemed to have passed away and left him. Wonderful tat he was found and is being cared for so well 🙂 Keep on keeping on Joey…you can do this 🙂 You are one very cute wee fella

  26. Keep on trying little Joey…you’ll make it and have a normal life to look forward to❤️❤️❤️

  27. Wtg Joey we are absolutely so thrilled to see you thriving we symbolically adopted you in my eleven-year-old son’s name he absolutely loves sea otters in to know that he play depart in helping a baby one made his whole entire world or so glad we could help and hope you continue and a healthy Journey little Joey

  28. I just came across his update post on Facebook and immediately fell in love with this lil” guy. I pray he stays strong and continues to thrive. God bless all of you for taking such good care of him, and giving him all the love he needs to grow strong and hopefully be returned to the wild. Following his journey, and sending prayers for a long healthy life from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 💕🙏🤗 PS:His whale and penguin toys are awesome 👍 😁

  29. Hai Joey! I’m from Malaysia.Keep strong little hero.You are so cute and l would like to cuddle you when I was asleep 😘

  30. Joey is such a cutie, I’m so pleased to see how he’s progressing after being rescued.
    He looks so fluffy after his bath (even though bath time isn’t his favourite time).
    I will be following his progress with love from us in the UK xx

  31. I just came across this page in my Facebook newsfeed and omg, Joey is so adorable. I’m so glad he is well taken care off. Looking forward to his full recovery. Take care little guy, sending much love to you 💕

  32. This is so beautiful. I’ve symbolically adopted for my 5 year old granddaughter. She has a big heart and will love to watch Joey grow big and strong. 💓🦦

  33. Joey is a heartbraker- hopefully he may be returned to his original habitat..

  34. Keep thriving, Joey!! Can’t wait to see you as a full grown otter! ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️

  35. Thanks to all of you for caring for Joey, this precious sea otter. Every time I look at him I wonder what he might be thinking, how he might feel, what might comfort and assure him. We’re all in such a precarious state right now, what a gift that you can be Joey’s lifeline and help him to learn and thrive. Know your good work brightens our Atlantic days, too.

  36. I first seen little Joey on the social media platform Tik Tok he has won my ❤ for sure . Thank you so much for all you are doing for him and all those other precious animals . You guys are Heros wear your cape’s proudly . I cant wait to see his progress. Much love to that fluffy little baby ❤🦦❤

  37. Awwwwwwww little joey you are the cutest seal otter I ever seen . I love seeing videos of you sweet little fella . I wish you the very best of luck and all the happiness in the world and I love u. Please give joey a kiss for me . Thank u for all you do for this sweet seal otter . ♥️♥️💖💖💖💖💖

  38. How adorable you are Joey, thank you to those taking care of him and letting him have a chance.

  39. Thank you all who are looking after Joey! I love tuning in to the baby otter cam and seeing how much love you guys are giving him! Keep getting stronger, Joey! <3

  40. Although the circumstances are sad that caused Joey to come into your care, we are so happy that your rescue center exists to help him. Thank you for the live cam! It’s a real privilege to check in on him daily, see the wonderful care you’re giving him and watch him grow stronger. Keep up the great work!

  41. adorable little fella…. want to check out this adoption thing myself for other critters to get such good care !!

  42. Get stronger Joey! You are being well taken care of! Everyone is watching your progress and loves you? ♥️

  43. My family and I love you sweet baby keep getting stronger we are praying for you and your friends! 💞

  44. joey is so, so cute! my mother and i enjoy watching the livestream – we check up on him often. you’ll do great, joey! stay strong and grow lots!! we love you tons <3
    thank you to the staff, volunteers, and all that have cared for him. you all are awesome!

  45. Joey is so cute!
    I did not hesitate 1 second. I symbolically adopt him and everyone else in care ❤️ . I’m so happy there is people in the world taking care of these adorable babies 😭 Good job!

  46. Well done Joey, you are a strong boy. And thank you all you who are doing this good job of helping these animals, may God bless you abundantly your entire lives.

  47. Keep it up Joey!! You brighten my days and I keep eagerly checking in on you. Thank you to all those wonderful rescuers working tirelessly to keep him healthy.

  48. Joey is beautiful and I hope he continues to improve. For anyone that loves Otters they should read Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. It is about wild Otters in Scotland that adopt the author.

  49. Way to go, Joey!! I wish I could hug you and pet you and give you tons of kisses..
    You are a fortunate baby to have such good people take care of you!
    We will keep praying for your good health and a beautiful life!! ❤️❤️❤️

  50. Joey, you are adorable! I’m so glad someone noticed you and cared enough to do something about your sad circumstances. Continue to eat, grow and play! You will learn lots of skills that will give you a positive and enjoyable life!
    Staff- thank you for all you do for Joey and others in need of your help. Will Joey be able to be with a family of Otters at some point?

  51. Hello Joey! You are so sweet and I love you so much!!!!! You are doing a great job!! I’m so happy for you and I hope that you are always happy and healthy!!!!

  52. Thank you to all the caregivers who are taking such good care of all the little ones at your facility. They are superstars and may they be blessed in ways they will find in years to come. Little Joey. Just keep growing stronger. You can do it.

  53. Dear Joey,
    U were admitted to the icu the same day I was. I underwent emergency open heart surgery that saved my life. I spent about a month in the hospital. I just barely got home and am doing better. I hope i can share some of my strength with you and you keep getting well. Your a fighter and i believe in you and your in my prayers.
    Sending love,
    Yvonne Rogers

  54. Joey my husband and I discovered you last Tuesday and have been watching you and staying up to date with you since! We love you so much little buddy and pray that God wraps his arms around you and your friends in care to comfort you all and make you happy & healthy! 🤗🥰❤ lots of love from the Clay family in NC

  55. Joey, we are sending hugs from TX. I hope I get to meet you one day. I love you so much I’m going to pop.

  56. I looooooove Joey! <3 He is so, so adorable! He makes me so happy, all my problems disappear when I check his live stream <3 <3

  57. Hi Joey, you look otterly adorable!! We’re so glad that you are in good hands now, and you are surrounded by all these nice and kind people. Please stay healthy and grow stronger soon!! Can’t wait to see you someday at Vanaqua!
    Much love to you from Hong Kong

  58. Be strong, Joey ❤️❤️❤️
    And thank to all of the people who take care of him. Bless you all❤️❤️❤️

  59. Watching you on the live cam getting fluffed up after a good bathe now Joey boy….cute overload! 😀

  60. As a member of the Joey Fan Club, I’m so thankful to have a facility at the Vancouver Aquarium that can care for babies like Joey. Let’s spread the word and support others To contribute to this sweet boy’s care!

  61. Kudos goes out to the individual who made the call concerning things not being right near Kyuquot.

  62. Joey – you are in the right place, at the right time. No better care for you in the world. Thank you everyone!

    PS: Oh my gosh – you are adorable!

  63. Im happy someone find him. Very sad story with his mother deceased. One time he will live a full otter life

  64. He is adorable 😍. So happy that this organization was able to rescue this little guy. Thank you for all you do.

  65. Joey, you are the most adorable floof and we love watching you float and play every day. Grow big and strong and stay squmpy! 🥰

  66. Dear Joey,
    You cannot imagine the joy you bring me each and every time I log on and see you.
    Oh! The wonderful care you are being given by the staff at the hospital! Do you realize how they adore you.

    I am sad that you don’t have your otter mama, but, wow, you have ever so many fans and friends cheering you on and, a host of excellent clinicians and volunteers looking after you.

    Joey, everything you do is pure joy – the way you nap! Drink from the bottle!! Swim about the tub! Play with your chewy toys.

    I am grateful for you Joey, and all your otter and other sea mammal cousins.

    With love,

  67. I wish you a good long life my cute child. Be happy and don’t bite your caretakers too often. 🙂

  68. Thanks for saving him, you guys! … Joey, ice is my favorite thing too, right now! Summer is no good. Keep getting stronger, kiddo! 💛 to you from Germany.

  69. Found the stream today and by the end of the day ended up adopting. $27 US dollars well spent. Adopted in a family member’s name who is currently going thru a tough time. Thought Joey would brighten her day as he did mine. Can’t stop feeling giddy w/laughter at all of #joeytheseaotters antics. Will be checking in on him daily from now on and hope I can remember to #adult.

  70. Thank you all for saving Joey, especially the person that found him! You all are awesome. Joey you are in the best of care and are loved all over the world ! ☺️♥️

  71. joeyyyy i love you, you’re too cute and I hope you grow up to be strong healthy otter. cheers from j+m!!!! <3 <3 <3

  72. Hi Joey,
    You are an absolute superstar. You are the first thing I check on in the morning and the last thing at night.
    You always put a smile on my face.
    Keep getting strong little buddy.
    Love and big hugs to you from Australia.
    💙 💛 🧡 ❤ 💜 💚 💙 💛 🧡 ❤ 💜 💚

    PS Thankyou to all the wonderful staff and volunteers for taking brilliant care of Joey. You are an amazing bunch of fabulous people.

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