Oswald the sea otter pup, whose move to Oregon made a big splash despite his diminutive size last month, is settling in swimmingly at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “He is a hearty eater and has plenty of personality quirks that keep us busy,” said Curator of Marine Mammals Ken Lytwyn. Oswald frequently squeals with anticipation before training sessions, a behavior the Aquarium’s trainers discourage by waiting until he calms down before they enter his enclosure.
To help make him feel at home, the Aquarium purchased large tubs for him to jump in, just like he had on exhibit in Monterey. They fill the tubs with cold water and toys, or sometimes even ice, which is a preferred lounging surface for sea otters. Oswald and trainers alike appear to be developing the trust they need to work together successfully. During a photo shoot for this story, Oswald groomed his fur until he dozed off for a snooze in the afternoon sun. Napping while surrounded by humans is not typical for energetic, curious young otters, but Oswald appeared utterly relaxed with his trainers and a photographer in his quarantine area. Continue reading