WATCH Dose Of Cuteness: Wild Sea Otter Pup In Monterrey Bay

Sea Otter gives birth to newborn pup in Monterey Bay Aquarium Tide Pool
Sea Otter gives birth to newborn pup in Monterey Bay Aquarium Tide Pool

Sea Otter gives birth to newborn pup in Monterey Bay Aquarium Tide Pool

Photo from Monterrey Bay Aquarium

Just before Christmas, this writer googled and searched YouTube (this is a good report) for hours on end looking for information and updates on a wild sea otter who swam into the open Great Tide Pool at one of her FAVORITE places in the country: the Monterrey Bay Aquarium.  On December 20, word leaked out that this female who had been spending nights in the peaceful waters just off the Pacific Ocean was spotted floating with a newborn pup resting on her belly.  The Monterrey Bay Aquarium Tumblr writer described the discovery like this:

Around 8:30 a.m., Aquarium staff witnessed a BRAND NEW pup resting on her belly, being furiously groomed by a proud momma. We’re talking umbilical-chord-still-attached, whoa-is-that-yep-that’s-the-placenta new-born otter pup!

This newborn was celebrated at the aquarium as if he or she was one of the institution’s own.  There has been a herculean effort in California to revive the sea otter from the brink of extinction, and this little guy is proof that the conservation efforts have been successful so far.  Momma otter stuck around the tide pool for a couple days, and the staff at the aquarium put together this lovely video with soft, clarinet jazz:

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Since Christmas, mom and pup have been spotted in the tide pool – they are always welcome to visit – and in the kelp fields getting some rest from the rough waters of the open ocean.  As these creatures are wild, the aquarium staff will not intervene unless needed, and thus far, they’ve been left alone.  However, workers, volunteers and guests have been charmed by this momma otter and her obvious maternal instincts toward her newborn.

Really, does learning from nature get any better than this?

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.