Orphaned Alaska sea otter pup rescued

Associated PressMarch 16, 2012 

Stranded Pup

In this March 14, 2012, handout photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center, Meshik, a male Northern sea otter pup, is shown at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. Meshik, named after Meshik Beach where he was discovered with his deceased mother on Monday by residents of Port Heiden, is approximately three weeks old and weighs almost seven pounds. Members of the Port Heiden community provided care for the otter, feeding him every four hours as instructed by Center staff, before arriving at the Center on Tuesday night.

MONICA CHASE — The Associated Press

A stranded male sea otter pup is getting a second chance at survival at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

The northern sea otter pup, which is only about 3 weeks old, has been named Meshik after Meshik Beach, where he was discovered next to his dead mother on Monday by residents of Port Heiden on the Alaska Peninsula. Community members provided care for the pup, feeding him every four hours as instructed, before he arrived Tuesday night at the SeaLife Center.

Husbandry director Brett Long says the pup is doing well. He says newborn pups cannot be released into the wild. Long says the pup will be placed at a facility in the Lower 48 in two to six weeks.

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