Tuesday, July 11, 2023

The surfboard-stealing sea otter has a traumatic backstory

Wildlife officials said the otter had been on their radar for years.

The CDFW said she was actually born in captivity "under very unusual circumstances." Her mother was removed from the wild after she had exhibited aggressive behavior toward people "as a result of having been fed by the public and started associating people with food," state wildlife officials explained.  

After that otter was captured, biologists learned that she was pregnant. 

"She gave birth to the pup in captivity and cared for it until weaning, at which time the pup was released to the wild