Zookeepers at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are caring for a special baby. A sea otter pup, orphaned at one week old, has arrived at their facility. Without its mom, the pup doesn’t know how to be a sea otter. The staff members have become its mom, helping it grow up. Saving the sea otter, known as Pup 681, is especially important because sea otters are endangered. People used to hunt the animals for their fur. Scientists estimate that California used to have around 16,000 sea otters but now has only 3,000. Raising a sea otter pup is hard work, but organizations such as the Shedd Aquarium believe saving an endangered animal is worth the effort!
Photo by Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez.