Sea otter blinded by shotgun blast 0
The Vancouver Aquarium is trying to save this sea otter after it was found shot, Vancouver, B.C. Oct. 22, 2013. (JEREMY NUTTALL/ 24 HOURS)
The Vancouver Aquarium is trying to save the life of a sea otter in its care after being shot by someone on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
The animal was picked up after reports of a sea otter being overly friendly to local officials last week.
Dr. Martin Haulena of the aquarium said the description was an immediate tip-off something was wrong because there’s no such thing as a friendly sea otter.
“He’d been shot with a shotgun,” Haulena said. “There are dozens of birdshot pellets throughout him. That’s obviously the reason for his blindness.”
The otter had to have part of a flipper amputated and may need more taken off.
Haulena said the animal is permanently blind in one eye and will likely lose his other eye.
His injuries are preventing him from being able to groom himself, which is a serious health risk for sea otters, said Haulena, adding it may have to be euthanized.