Monterey Bay Aquarium Says Goodbye to Another Otter Foster Mom
November 19, 2012
The old school of otter foster-moms at Monterey Bay Aquarium is passing on.
The Aquarium announced today that Mae, an 11-year-old sea otter who's been part of the Sea Otter Research and Conservation team since she was rescued as a pup in 2001, died over the weekend from a seizure disorder.
In 2010, Mae became the first surrogate mother to raise an otter pup on exhibit. That little otter, Kit, became the subject of the Aquarium's "Otter U" education series. Mae went on to raise four more pups.
This has been a year of losses for the SORAC program. In August, 14-year-old "super mom" Joy died of old age after raising 16 otter pups. And 15-year-old Toola died in March after raising 13 foster pups, including Otter 501, the fuzzy subject of a Sea Studios film.