An abandoned juvenile sea otter from Monterey has fortunately found its new home as the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans has adopted the marine creature.
In a newly-released statement, the Audubon Nature Institute said that the 18-month-old female sea otter temporarily named “Sea Otter 714” was welcomed at the aquarium on Wednesday this week. The juvenile otter also found a new friend, an 8-year-old sea otter named Clara.
The aquarium has a 25,000-gallon sea otter habitat. The female otter was found abandoned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research & Conservation program when it was just a day old pup in September 2015.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials made several unsuccessful attempts to release Sea Otter 714 back into the ocean. Eventually, officials determined that female creature would not be able to survive on her own.
The Audubon Nature Institute is now conducting an online poll to select a name for the female juvenile sea otter. The winning name will be announced on 16th of March on the institute’s Facebook page and official website.