Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otters Kit and Mae

Sea Otters Kit (left) and Mae (right)

Baby Sea Otter Kit

In January 2010, a 5-week-old baby sea otter was seen crying and trying to climb on mother sea otters at Morro Bay.  The abandoned baby sea otter was rescued by staff at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  In February 2010, baby Kit became the youngest sea otter every put on display at the aquarium. 

Kit was paired with a foster mother named Mae.  Although Mae had never been a mother before, she instantly bonded with the pup.  Mae slept, ate, and played with her new companion.  Kit mimicked everything Mae did, including sucking her left paw while she sleeps!  Now Kit is grown up and has joined Mae in being a companion for other rescued sea otters.

Here is a link to a livecam view of the sea otter exhibit:

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/live-web-cams/sea-otter-cam

Here is a link to Kit and other sea otter stories at the aquarium:

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/exhibits/sea-otters

UPDATE:  Mae passed away in November 2012.  A news story is at:  http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/36080292879/mae-first-otter-to-raise-a-pup-on-exhibit-dies

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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