Toola, Famous Sea Otter Mom, Dies

Toola was rescued on a beach when she was already a mature adult (5+ years of age). Aquarium staff discovered she had a neurological disorder caused by an infection from an invasive parasite. She became a centerpiece of the aquarium, both in public and behind the scenes.

Her ability to successfully raise orphaned otter pups made her even more of a sensation. During her time with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Toola raised 13 pups. Of those, 11 were released into the wild and five are still living and had pups of their own.

keep reading

192 notesShowHide

  1. dominiquebouza reblogged this from discoverynews
  2. onceuponeliza reblogged this from discoverynews
  3. exsanguination8 reblogged this from discoverynews
  4. supertsundere reblogged this from discoverynews
  5. betwixthetwain reblogged this from genderqueerbarnes
  6. genderqueerbarnes reblogged this from gunmetal-blue
  7. nayruslove reblogged this from gunmetal-blue
  8. gunmetal-blue reblogged this from discoverynews
  9. hapithots reblogged this from discoverynews
  10. raeofsunshineee reblogged this from discoverynews and added:
    OMG NO I SAW TOOLA OVER THE SUMMER WHEN I WENT DOWN TO MONTEREY SHE’S SO PRECIOUS ONE DAY I’M GOING TO WORK FOR SORAC SO...
  11. ha-i-ole reblogged this from discoverynews
  12. cloud-among-the-blues reblogged this from discoverynews
  13. mitlas reblogged this from discoverynews
  14. ncpr reblogged this from discoverynews and added:
    She loved otters and nurtured them. And people loved her In other circumstances, it might be difficult to eulogize an...
  15. froidmoi reblogged this from discoverynews
  16. heymarie09 reblogged this from discoverynews
  17. angelamsera reblogged this from discoverynews
  18. sp00kyqueer reblogged this from caylren
  19. caylren reblogged this from discoverynews
  20. dchase2112 reblogged this from discoverynews
  21. prancingsugarpanda reblogged this from discoverynews
  22. 3catiamartins reblogged this from discoverynews
  23. pinkballetflats reblogged this from discoverynews
  24. bitofshine reblogged this from discoverynews
  25. tayseh reblogged this from discoverynews
  26. colonel--dog reblogged this from discoverynews
  27. ryulongd reblogged this from discoverynews
  28. justabitnotgood reblogged this from discoverynews
  29. ibrunooi reblogged this from discoverynews