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 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.