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Monterey Bay Aquarium Welcomes New Sea Otter 'Abby'
Abby, a 44-pound, 5-year-old female otter, is on indefinite loan to the aquarium from SeaWorld San Diego.
June 12, 2012
Monterey Bay Aquarium welcomes new sea otter ‘Abby’
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Mika Yoshida, 831-644-7522 (desk), 206-963-9193 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
Abby, a 5-year-old female sea otter, today joins the sea otter exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
For the health of the animal, media are invited to shoot pictures and video between 1 and 3 p.m. only.
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Abby, a 44-pound, 5-year-old female otter, is on indefinite loan to the aquarium from SeaWorld San Diego. Abby arrived at the aquarium on June 11 at 3 p.m. and was behind the scenes getting acclimated before being placed on exhibit.
Aquarium sea otter staff are hopeful that Abby will develop into a surrogate mother for wild sea otter pups that are rescued and eventually returned to the wild as part of the aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program. Having another surrogate on board is particularly important following the death of veteran sea otter mom, Toola, from old age in March.
In exchange, the aquarium transferred 2-year-old Kit to SeaWorld San Diego where she’ll continue to mature and learn how to get along with other exhibit animals. The aquarium expects that Kit will eventually return and become a successful surrogate mother for wild pups, or a companion animal for wild adults.
Abby was rescued as a newborn on July 21, 2007 by the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Rescue Center and, under the guidance of SORAC’s Animal Care Coordinator, Karl Mayer, was hand-raised at SeaWorld San Diego.
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Mika Yoshida, Public Relations Administrative Coordinator
Angela Hains, Public Relations Senior Associate Manager