Chicago's Shedd Aquarium cares for orphaned otter

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Posted: Nov 07, 2014 10:15 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has acquired a sea otter pup that was found alone on a California beach.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1pkpYOX ) the aquarium said the weeks-old female otter arrived in Chicago last week after being cared for at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, for the first four weeks of her life. She was just days old and weighed 2 pounds when a passerby found her.

Animal care experts and veterinarians are teaching her to groom and feed herself. She's also learning to regulate her body temperature by getting in and out of water.

Shedd Vice President of Animal Collections Tim Binder says the caregivers are showing the orphan "how to be an otter."

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index