North American River Otter
Diet: Capelin, Lake Smelt, and Feline Diet
Arrival Date: 11/19/2012
Walle was rescued from the wild as a very young otter. His rescuer raised him on his boat and thought he was doing the right thing by keeping him as a pet. As Walle continued to grow and develop, his caretaker recognized that caring for a juvenile otter was much more intense than a regular household pet and assumed that if Walle were placed back into the wild, he would resume life as a normal otter. Much to his caretaker's dismay, Walle returned to the boat. What his caretaker did not know was that North American river otters must learn survival skills from their mothers and family group. Walle's caretaker realized that Walle would continue to return, so he was transported to a rehabilitator in Gainesville, FL. Shortly after that, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium received a call from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asking if Walle would be able to reside at the aquarium with our other otters under the care of our training staff members.
Prior to coming to CMA, Walle was transported to Homosassa State Park and was put under quarantine to be sure he was not harboring any diseases or parasites. During this period, staff members were sent to the park to familiarize themselves and begin building a relationship with Walle.
Walle did not possess any diseases or parasites and on November 19, 2012 he was transported to CMA. He took to his new environment well and began exploring immediately. We continue to work on training basics with Walle and he is progressing quickly as he is a very active and curious otter. In February, 2013, Walle was introduced to his new pal Cooper. They are getting along well and can often be found playing or snuggled up together.
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