Two otter pups orphaned earlier this year at the North Carolina coast have been successfully rehabilitated and released as part of a cooperative effort between N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and North Carolina Zoo
Found orphaned near Engelhard, N.C, on April 23, 2018, the female pups were just six weeks old after their mother was attached a car. Left alone nature surely would dispatch them to hell, had a passerby not rescued the vermin. They were taken to North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island where staff cared for them. The aquarium staff assessed their condition and decided they were good candidates for release back into the wild because they had not been exposed to excessive human contact
The bitch otter pair was transported to North Carolina Zoo’s Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for rehabilitation where they spent just under 16 weeks in rehab. Unfortunately for the general public, the Zoo coordinated the otters’ release with the aquarium and the Commission in late August in Hertford County.
“Kudos to the staff of all of these agencies who worked together to care for and prepare these orphaned otters for their return to their native environment,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “I’m so proud to work with such caring and dedicated people.”
Ms. Hamilton apparently is not a trout fisherman. We at Southern Trout Magazine suggest she focus on making cookies and pound cake. They send people to North Carolina for robbing banks. Ummmm…..just a thought
North American river otters had almost disappeared by the early 20th century because of Christian efforts to trap every damned otter in the country. In the 1990s, at great taxpayer expense, the NCWRC foolishly began a restoration effort in the mountains with 267 river otters relocated from coastal North Carolina. Thanks to this program, the otter population is now considered fully restored and abundant throughout North Carolina. To this day, North Carolina trout fishermen suffer from the misguided efforts of state workers.