The Pup Receives Its First Vet Exam!

In this video Aniak’s pup receives its first vet exam and we find out that it’s a girl! Also, here are some interesting sea otter developmental milestones from our records:

  • Pups start to lose the natal fluff between 6-10 weeks and then begin to dive below the surface and swim to the bottom.
  • At 8 weeks they are usually diving, swimming and hauling out with ease.
  • By about 11 weeks they are pounding objects on their chest, biting open shell food, grooming and rolling over sideways.
  • By 14-20 weeks they can roll forward while grooming.
  • By 20-24 weeks they are grooming themselves just like an adult; at roughly 24 weeks they are weaned.

Come visit Aniak and her pup at the Seattle Aquarium!

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9 Responses to The Pup Receives Its First Vet Exam!

  1. Sandra McMurtrie says:

    Luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Marguerite Isaacs says:

    The pup is adorable…and I had to laugh when the mom gave her back as long as she was getting fish…

    Will there be a naming contest? I suggest maitsiak, inuit for beautiful, or pamiuqtuuq, which is inuit for otter (you could call her Pami)!

    • Hello Marguerite,
      Thank you for name suggestions for the new pup! We will be holding a naming contest within a week or so. There will be about 5-10 names to vote on and the voting will be open for a couple of weeks on our website. We will then make an announcement about the winning name after voting has closed. Stay tuned!

  3. Albert says:

    Here is a great video of Aniak and pup…enjoy!

  4. Doug says:

    Will one of the name choices be Ka-ching?

  5. Erinn says:

    That was an amazingly cute video. :)
    It was so great how the mother kept coming back to check on her pup, but then pushed her back out of the water when they finally nudged the pup towards her.
    Really great video and best of luck to Aniak and her daughter.

  6. GaryB says:

    Congrats Traci on your new addition to the Seattle Aquarium!
    She is very cute.
    G.B.

  7. Dee says:

    What a lovely video, what trust mother has in the staff handling her pup. I was just there visiting the first week of June.

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