Joey is now over 3 months old. He's made great progress, gained a lot of weight (now weighing over 9 kg) and has transitioned to a diet of solid food. The next big step for him will be the introduction to one of the other sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium.
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: 33 days (1 month, 2 days)
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Air Nootka
Transfer to: Vancouver Aquarium
Date of Transfer: 2020/08/05
Reason for Transfer: Deemed non-releasable due to lack of maternal learning
Date Weight in kg
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. Media interested in learning more about Joey's story or wishing to interview his caretakers ─ or his many fans ─ please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Now 2 months old, Joey is thriving! He's now weighing 6.7 kg (14.77 lbs) and continues to gain weight every day. His diet is now being supplemented with pieces of clam. And he has so much energy that he's keeping staff and volunteers on their toes around the clock. Joey is now having regular baths in a bigger tub outside his nursery where he is working on his swimming and diving skills.
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.