ASSOCIATED PRESS: 03/17/12
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 and weighs almost seven pounds.
Members of the Port Heiden community provided care for the otter, feeding him every four hours
He 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.