October 8 Update - The Pups are Released!
After five months of rehabilitation, the otter pups were released in the Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station, a 15,000-acre biological field research station in the Western Adirondacks, on Thursday, Oct. 8.
This otter rehabilitation, a first for The Wild Center, began in May after receiving phone calls from residents in two separate areas within the North Country that had each spotted a five-week-old abandoned pup in the wild. Wild Center curator, Leah Valerio, and the rest of the Animal Care staff worked hand-in-hand with local veterinarian Dr. Nina Schoch to retrieve the pups and transport them to the Center’s facilities in Tupper Lake, N.Y.
As the seasons changed, the otters were successfully released back into the wild. The Shingle Shanty Preserve will provide an excellent home for the otters. This land includes nine lakes and ponds over acres of hardwood forest, as well as 2,000 acres of wetlands which make the location invaluable to regional biodiversity.
Steve Langdon, Director of Shingle Shanty and an adjunct professor at Clarkson University said, “We picked this spot because of its remoteness. It’s about 15 or 20 miles from the nearest road. The wetland area is also a perfect otter habitat. I’ve been observing otters in this area for the past decade.”
Be sure to check out the entire history of the pups’ journey at The Wild Center in the archived videos below.
October 4 Update - Leaf Pile!
September 27 Update
September 20 Update - Hunting Practice
September 13 Update
September 6 Pupdate - Smell Exploration
August 30 Pupdate - Hunting Practice
August 23 Pupdate
August 16 Pupdate
August 2 Update
July 26 Update
July 19 Update
July 12 Update
July 4 Update
The pups get new, fresh bedding!
June 24 Update
The pups have made their way to the Otter Play Yard! As you can see, they’re really beginning to enjoy the water. And our camera.
June 16 Update
The pups go for their first swim in the play yard.
June 15 Update
June 11 Update
June 7 Update
May 27 Update
The Wild Center is excited to announce that for the first time ever, we have otter pups in Tupper Lake.