Mara, a baby sea otter pup, found stranded in near Port San Luis in January has found a new home at Georgia Aquarium along with another rescued pup named Gibson.
Mara, a female, is approximately ten weeks old and Gibson, a male, is approximately five weeks old.
Mara was around one week old when she was found near Port San Luis in San Luis Obispo County back in January. She was rescued and efforts to locate her mother were unsuccessful. Mara was being cared for at a facility in California, she was deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Georgia Aquarium was selected as Mara’s new home due to their ability to care for an otter pup all hours of the day.
📣This is not a drill📣 Not one, but TWO rescued #seaotter pups have arrived at Georgia Aquarium! Meet Gibson and Mara, the floofiest pups you've ever laid eyes on 😍 Get the scoop: https://t.co/B9QfZ7uANz pic.twitter.com/4Fr1zzykob
— Georgia Aquarium (@GeorgiaAquarium) March 27, 2019
Gibson, who was found stranded this month near the Carmel River in California, is joining Mara at the Georgia Aquarium. Gibson was found during a large storm and efforts to return him to his mother were nearly impossible.
The two were transported together out of Monterey on a private jet.
If a permanent home had not been available for either of these pups, they would have been euthanized.
Both pups will be ambassadors for their endangered species and will provide millions of guests the chance to make a connection and learn more about them.