(WESH) Three baby otters are receiving round-the-clock care at the Florida Wildlife Hospital in Palm Shores.
The three tiny and helpless otters were discovered when a driveway was dug up by construction workers, exposing their den. The frightened mother otter ran off and didn’t return.
Animal care staff are busy with six half-hour feedings a day for each otter pup. They won’t be able to survive on their own until July or August.
“This will be a long haul endeavor for them to get released back into the wild, and very costly. We’re estimating about $2,300 to $2,400 per otter,” says the Wildlife Hospital’s Tracy Frampton.
The hospital is looking for donations, and hoping the babies make it through the first difficult, high-risk months of their lives.