North American River Otter
Diet: Capelin, Lake Smelt, Feline Diet and Carrots
Stranding Date: 3/21/2009
Oscar was rescued on March 21, 2009 by the SPCA and was transported to the CMA. He was found near a dumpster in a parking lot in Largo, Florida. It is unclear as to how he got into the parking lot or where his mother was, but North American river otters will travel anywhere from five to fifty square miles to get from one water source to another.
On arrival, he weighed only 1.8 lbs and was estimated to be 3-4 months old due to the fact that he did not possess a full set of teeth. Oscar was very dehydrated and had low blood sugar levels, indicating he had not eaten in several hours. He was provided initial medical care and given a rehabilitation plan. Due to his age and condition, a specific formula was bottle fed daily to him. Initially he had to be fed every 2-3 hours and watched 24/7. As he developed, he was weaned onto whole fish and taught how to swim using kiddy pools. Ultimately, it was determined Oscar would not make a good candidate for release due to his dependence on humans in the initial phases of his rehabilitation. He also lacks several necessary survival skills only his mother could have taught him. Today you can see Oscar swimming, running and playing around his habitat. He has a very distinct white mustache that easily distinguishes him from the other otters.
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