A sea otter pup believed to be just a few days old when found in Prince William Sound is reported to be progressing well at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, where the pup was admitted on June 1.
The pup has cleared its initial quarantine period and continues to received 24-hour care in the center’s I.Sea.U, where she can be observed by visitors.
“We’re so pleased she readily took to bottle feeding,” said ASLC veterinarian Dr. Kathy Woodie. “Often sea otter pups take days before they will latch on a bottle and must be tube fed to receive critical nutrients.”
The pup has been named “Ranney” after Ranney Glacier.
“She is very interactive with enrichment, and becoming stronger and more coordinated each day,” said Halley Werner, a center animal care specialist.
Ranney is now being fed formula every three hours from a bottle.
The Alaska SeaLife Center, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, is the only permitted marine mammal wildlife response and rehabilitation entity in the state. Over 80 percent of its funding comes from charitable contributions.