This will likely be the fuzziest story of the week.
Over the weekend, The Monterey Bay Aquarium received a surprise visitor, soon followed by a second.
The aquarium’s Great Tidal Pool is accessible to wildlife like sea otters and seeing an otter or two taking temporary refuge in the safety of the pool is not an uncommon occurrence. However, this particular otter brought along something different.
On December 20, the aquarium wrote, “For the last several days, a wild female sea otter had been using the protected basin of our Great Tide Pool to rest from the winter storms. It’s rare for a healthy sea otter to visit the pool so frequently—we started to wonder if she was doing all right.”
Then, to the delight of guests and staff alike, the female otter gave birth to an adorably fuzzy pup.
The pool offers a calm sanctuary from the winter winds and churning surf just beyond the rocks, which is obviously appealing to sea otters.
The aquarium has no current plans to make the mom and pup leave, but it is typical of otters who visit the tidal pool to leave after a few days to acquire food.
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