SAN DIEGO (CBS) — A 5-month-old California sea otter pup rescued in Monterey has found a new home at Sea World.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the female pup was found stranded on a Monterey beach in February, underweight and suffering from parasites.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium staff took the pup in and treated her until she was stabilized.

But since the Monterey aquarium was full, staff needed to find her a long-term home, so they eventually turned to SeaWorld.

SeaWorld veterinarians and animal care specialists are working with the pup and will eventually introduce her to her new roommates — the other otters on display at Rocky Point Preserve.

Staff are treating the pup to a diet of shrimp, crab, squid and other shellfish and are administering her medications.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service deemed the otter non-releasable into the wild because she is so young — so her permanent home will be Sea World.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

Comments (3)
  1. TT says:

    Otters just melt my heart (why otters? I dont have a clue…) …. I love the cute little face…. and the curious look – they are very interesting and inquisitive little guys !!

  2. lurker says:

    I so agree. And they are comical to watch!

  3. bcb says:

    OMG! look at the picture of that cute little face!! Love it.

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