North American River Otter #17-262

North American River Otter #17-262
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Feb 07 2017

An orphaned juvenile river otter (17-262) arrived at CROW from Fort Lauderdale on February 7, 2017.  The otter was abandoned by its mother and a reintroduction effort was unsuccessful.  It will remain at CROW for a few months until it is old enough to be released.  

Here is a video from WINK-TV of the otter arriving at CROW .

Status Updates

Learning new skills - Mar 02 2017 10:59 am

The young otter has been enjoying life in the outdoor enclosure. She is learning to hunt live prey items and swimming in all parts of the pool.

Being Social - Mar 29 2017 9:32 am

Four other otters have now been moved into the otter enclosure. The otters are learning new skills from each other and enjoying being social with each other. Watch the otters on the live webcam at!

Enrichment - Apr 11 2017 8:44 am

The group of otters continue to receive new enrichment daily to improve their hunting skills. Enrichment items include toys, natural foliage, and live prey such as shrimp.

Slide - Apr 21 2017 11:52 am

The otters have received a child's slide in their enclosure as an enrichment tool. This mimics the banks of the rivers and ponds where otters live. Watch them on the live camera to see them use it!