North American River Otter
Species: North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)
Diet: Capelin, Lake Smelt, Feline Diet and Carrots
Stranding Date: 03/21/2009
Story: Rescued as a hungry, dehydrated 7-9 month old pup by the SPCA. Nursed back to health by the stranding team and raised at CMA.
Personality: Energetic &goofy
Loves: His caregivers, who he follows back &forth
Known For: Being the youngest dolphin at CMA, only 2 years old!
Can Be Found: Playing with ice cubes, ice floats, anything ice
Did You Know? Oscar was rescued too young to know how to feed &protect himself in the wild.
Most Likely To: Run around his clamshell when he's excited.
Oscar was rescued on March 21st, 2009 by the SPCA and was transported to the CMA. He was found near a dumpster in the Bank of America's Parking lot in Largo, Florida. It is unclear as to how he got into the parking lot or where his mother was, but North American river otters will travel anywhere from 5-50 square miles to get from water source to water source.
At the time of his arrival he weighed only 1.8 lbs and was estimated to be 3-4 months old due to the fact that he did not possess a full set of teeth. Oscar was very dehydrated and had low blood sugar levels, indicating that he had not eaten in several hours. He was provided initial medical care and given a rehabilitation plan. Due to his age and condition, a specific formula was bottle fed daily to him. Initially he had to be fed every 2-3 hours and watched 24/7. As he developed, he was weaned onto whole fish and taught how to swim using kiddy pools. Ultimately, it was determined that Oscar would not make a good candidate for release due to his dependence on humans in the initial phases of his rehabilitation. He also lacks several necessary survival skills that only this mother could have taught him.
Today you can see Oscar swimming, running and playing around his habitat. He has a very distinct white mustache that easily distinguishes him from the other otters!