Status: 25.09.2023, 17:15 p.m.
By: Sophie Kluß
In Alaska, a mother otter is attacked by two orcas and dies as a result of the attack. But for her offspring the tragic story takes a happy turn.
In addition to sea lions and humpback whales, the Gulf of Alaska is also home to orcas, the so-called killer whales. But sea otters, the smallest among the marine mammals, also feel at home here. When orcas and sea otters meet, however, it usually does not end well for the latter – as in this story, which was accidentally observed and captured on video by an employee of the Alaska SeaLife Center. The ASLC published the touching clip on its Facebook account.
Otter mom is attacked and killed by orcas
In the video, a mother otter can be seen being attacked and fatally injured by two orcas. But the female is not alone. Just a few hours ago, she gave birth to a cub, as the rescuers will find out a little later. With their tail fin, the two killer whales throw the young mother into the air – until she no longer appears. The offspring has miraculously survived the attack and is spared, but drifts helplessly in the water after the attack. A baby otter that was rescued by fishermen – you can read about it in this article.
Baby otter drifts helplessly in water after deadly attack
By a happy coincidence, Natalie Hunter is on site with her friends. Together they are out fishing on the sea when they witness the deadly orca attack. And Natalie isn't just anyone: she works at the Alaska SeaLife Center and knows what she's doing. But first, the friends have to wait until the orcas have disappeared with certainty. "She's swallowing water," the rescuers finally state nervously when they finally find the little otter girl.
Together with her friends, Natalie gets the otter girl out of the water. They find out that the young animal can only be a few hours old, because: The umbilical cord is still attached to the cute offspring.
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Otter girl is cared for around the clock for six months
As n-tv informs, baby otters are actually cared for by their mothers until they are six months old. A task that Natalie will now take over. She devotedly takes care of the fluffy orphan, who will be cared for and raised around the clock at the Sea Life Center in the coming months. Another baby otter rescued by the fire brigade can be seen here.