Rescue Stories

Arizona Game and Fish Otter

Otterly Relieved

Found dehydrated, starving and infested with fleas, this four-week-old otter was rescued by Arizona Game and Fish as he struggled to get out of a canal. With a pup this young, time was of the essence. The AZGFD team delivered him to a certified wildlife rehabilitation facility, which slowly nursed the pup back to health. Unfortunately, otter pups easily imprint – or form attachments – with humans, meaning he could not safely be returned to the wild. Today, he’s happily showing off his swimming skills to visitors at Out of Africa Wildlife Park.