A 5-week-old rescue otter is squirming her way into the hearts of zookeepers at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
The tiny otter, temporarily named Pup 681, came to Shedd’s staff in dire condition after being found on San Mateo’s Coastways Beach on September 30 and taken to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
According to a press release from the aquarium, Pup 681 is an orphan from the increasingly endangered southern sea population near Monterey, California.
She struggled to gain body mass during her first weeks of life and weighed around two pounds upon her rescue.
Carers believe her mother had been dead for about 16 hours by the time the California Department of Fish and Wildlife rescued her. She was then transported to Chicago.
In collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Shedd has 24-hour care staff at the Regenstein Sea Otter Nursery.
While she’s not currently in public view, Pup 681’s caretakers snap plenty of photos featuring their fuzzy charge.