In May, WildCare (of San Rafael, CA) admitted a young baby river otter. The otter, who was too young to swim, was found drowning in Corte Madera Creek. After stabilizing the cold and hungry baby for several days, WildCare transferred the young otter to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, so she could learn to swim in our river otter pool.
By August, the young otter had mastered swimming. However, since she was the only otter admitted to LTWC all summer, we transferred her to Sonoma Wildlife Rescue in Petaluma, CA, which had a (male) orphaned river otter who was also alone.
The video below takes the story from there. Thank you to WildCare for this wonderfully funny and heartwarming video!
Many of you may already know that LTWC has a new visitor — a young bobcat kitten named Chips, who was rescued from the Chips fire near Lake Almanor, CA.
The little kitten is on her way to recovery after suffering second degree burns on her paws. Please check out our new Chips the Bobcat page to check in on her progress, and see Chips photos, videos and news stories.
Thanks to everyone who showed for our annual Open House this past Sunday! Nearly 1,100 people visited LTWC to see the river otter pup, bobcat kittens, raccoons, and the many other orphaned and injured birds and animals that LTWC is raising and rehabilitating this summer.
Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers who made this day possible.
Missed the Open House? Check out the photos from this year’s Open House, courtesy of local photographer John Adamski. Want to see more wildlife in action? Be sure to check out our webcam and video pages.
Click below to watch a new video of a young river otter taking its first swim!
This video was filmed in LTWC’s River Otter Rehab cage, which is a great environment for orphaned otters like this one to learn to swim and fish–skills that are vital to their survival. This otter will get a lot more practice here over the next couple of months before it is released back to the wild.
As of this past Thursday (March 29, 2012), the San Luis Obispo cub was successfully released back to the wild.
The image below shows Barry Trammell and Dr. Kevin Willits moving the bear cub down from her perch in LTWC’s bobcat cage in order to prepare her for release.
The black bear cub originally arrived at LTWC weighing only 16 pounds, and with a severe injury under her chin that made it impossible for her to swallow. When the Department of Fish and Game picked her up this past Thursday, she weighed in at 35 pounds — a healthy bear ready to live life outside of LTWC.