Cute with a capital ‘K’.

Young animals are especially gorgeous.

Here’s a short video to watch:

And here’s the background story:

Published on Dec 22, 2015

Welcome to the world, tiny otter pup! A wild otter mom gave birth to her pup in our Great Tide Pool over the weekend.

It was then just a mouse click to go to the website of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and read this:

ooOOoo

The squee heard ‘round the world!

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

As you probably know by now, a wild baby sea otter was born this morning in our Great Tide Pool! For the last several days, a wild female sea otter had been using the protected basin of our Great Tide Pool to rest from the winter storms. Last night, just as the Aquarium closed, she was spotted once again slinking into the pool for some shut-eye. It’s rare for a healthy sea otter to visit the pool so frequently—we started to wonder if she was doing all right.

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

Well, mystery solved! 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!

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

In steady waves, Aquarium staff, volunteers, and then the days’ visitors made their way to the back deck to watch a conservation success story taking place—and become fluffier in front of their eyes. Not that long ago, sea otters were hunted to near extinction. Maybe 50 were left in all of California by the early 1800’s. But now, thanks to legislative protection and a change of heart toward these furriest of sea creatures, the otter population has rebounded to steady levels in the Monterey Bay, and with 3,000 total in central California.

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

We’ll keep you updated on this new otter family—mom may decide to head out any time. As of this writing though, she’s still grooming her pup and enjoying the comfort of our Great Tide Pool. The cute overload continues.

ooOOoo

“The cute overload continues.”

Just wonderful and a very long way from becoming an overload to this person!

 

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