Thursday, February 18, 2010
Breaking news: Kit is crazy cute. But there's plenty about the rescued southern sea otter pup who just joined the two-story sea otter exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that's less obvious to the eye.
At 11 weeks old, she's the youngest sea otter in the history of the Aquarium's landmark exhibit, which is a permanent home for other rescued sea otters. She'll be surrogate mothered by 9-year-old Mae, and will remain on exhibit as long as Associate Curator of Mammals Chris DeAngelo and her staff continue to see positive interactions between Kit and Mae—and if Kit eats well as she adapts to her new home. And, as is true with the other sea otters on exhibit, Kit is named after a John Steinbeck character: Kit is the nickname of Ed Carson in The Wayward Bus, who claims to be a descendent of the famous frontiersman Kit Carson.
“We’re thrilled that our visitors will have this rare opportunity to see a sea otter pup up-close,” says DeAngelo. “We hope that, as they get to know Kit, they’ll be further inspired to learn more about these threatened marine mammals and help protect these icons of the Central Coast.”
The public can peek at the Aquarium’s Otter Cam, which streams live each day from 7am to 7pm and track periodic updates on her progress will also be posted on the aquarium’s Sea Notes blog and through its Facebook fan page.