Otters

Owl’s Nest own version of Gilligan’s Island is in full swing with orphan baby otter pups as cast.

 

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Owl’s Nest own version of Gilligan’s Island is in full swing with orphan baby otter pups as the cast. We currently have Gilligan and the Skipper along with Ginger and MaryAnn. All have been checked out by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, The Wildlife Docs and given a clean bill of health. While Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife may not be an uncharted desert isle, these little orphaned pups will be marooned with us for a couple more months. 

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Eyes still closed getting it’s first meal

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Thanks to your continued support and donations we are able to feed this hungry group who start on formula three times a day and quickly advanced to prescription Science Diet A/D supplemented with small fish. The otters are then weaned and moved to their outdoor enclosure where they will require live fish, and lots of them. We appreciate all the donations you can make and encourage you to check out our wish list. Even some of the smallest items make a big difference.

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Gilligan and The Skipper lapping formula

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Gilligan and Ginger playtime

Thanks to the continued support of  Seaworld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund we have one of the largest otter rehabilitation enclosures in Central Florida. With a generous donation in December of 2018 we were able to do some updates to the outdoor enclosure including a larger pond with a waterfall and upgrade our state of the art filtration system. Here the otter pups can swim and learn to catch live fish, a skill they must master before considered releasable.

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Since the otter pups will be with us longer then most species we care for, we have decided to give them their very own section of the website. In this section you will be able to read about North American River Otters, follow the link to watch the Live Otter Cam 2019, view their YouTube videos, and find ways to be involved in providing the care they need to be released as healthy happy self sufficient otters.

 

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Stay tuned for the date of the scheduled release, we would love to see you there. The actual release is private but we will be staging the release in a parking lot where you can have a chance to say good-bye.

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