Video: B.C. sea otter pup meets new 'mom' at Vancouver Aquarium
Four-month old orphan Hardy meets 13-year old Tanu for the first time
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A baby sea otter named Hardy was introduced to long-time Vancouver Aquarium resident and mother-figure Tanu last week in the cutest otter meet-up ever.
The aquarium took Hardy, a four-month-old orphaned pup, into its care when he was less than four-weeks-old in June after he was found abandoned near Port Hardy. Until now, he has been kept separate from the facility’s other five otters.
“It took Hardy a moment or two to realize that Tanu had joined him in the Finning Habitat,” said Kristi Heffron, senior marine mammal trainer at Vancouver Aquarium.
“Then Tanu went to Hardy and put him on her chest, just like a mother would do to her pup.”
Staff said the two are comfortable with each other and the public can now see the pair swimming and playing together at the Vancouver Aquarium, just in time for Sea Otter Awareness Week, which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1.
The aquarium is also home to sea otters Katmai, Mak, Knuik, and Rialto.