Calling all animal lovers

otter-newroomateTo us, every animal is family, and if you live in BC, chances are you’ve seen our adorable Sea Otter critters in  commercials. After a few of our team members read about the poor orphaned Sea Otter pup recently adopted by the Vancouver Aquarium in the Saturday morning paper, we decided that we had to do something to help out.

Fast forward a few e-mails, we ‘rallied the troops’, so to speak, and the decision was made to do what we could to support the Aquariums newest addition. We’re thrilled to announce that we will be presenting our friends at the Vancouver Aquarium with a cheque for $15,000 in the coming weeks.

Just in case you haven’t heard about our new friend, here are some details about her arrival to Vancouver.

Baby-Otter-Alaska---Lindsaye-Akhurst-72The soon-to-be-named baby otter was rescued from the side of a road in Alaska this October. Can you imagine?  After efforts to find her mother failed, she was taken into emergency care at Alaska SeaLife Center’s “I-Sea-U” before being transferred to her new home, here in Vancouver. Because the pup has not developed the necessary skills to survive in the wild, the Vancouver Aquarium opened its doors to provide her with a permanent home.

The young pup was just introduced to Tanu, another female otter rescued from Alaska, and they are getting along ‘splashingly’ well! The Vancouver Aquarium has spent more than $40,000 on the otter pup to date, flying specialists back and forth to Alaska to give her the round-the- clock care she needed.
That’s a lot of work, and a big expense for the Vancouver Aquarium. Our hope is that our $15Baby-Otter,000 donation will not only support our young pup and her new heroes, but all of the other beloved creatures that call the Aquarium home too.

Remember that if you’re following the Vancouver Aquarium on Twitter, @vancouveraqua, you can help name the otter pup by tweeting them your favourite name! The choices, Katami, Susitna or Glacier, are all native to Alaska, where the pup was found. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #otterlove! We all have our favourites… what’s your pick?