Mother Otter Carries Baby On Her Belly To Keep It Dry And Warm

A devoted mother otter has found a unique way of keeping her newborn dry by letting the pup ride up on her belly.

The moment was captured by Suzi Eszterhas, a nature photographer who saw the adorable sea otters swimming in Monterey Bay in California.

The mother otter lifted the pup out of the water and on to her belly to keep it warm

She observed the mother otter lifting the pup out of the water and putting it on her belly to keep it dry and warm.

This devoted mother otter found a novel way of keeping her newborn pup dry by letting the baby ride on her belly.

The mother otter also blew air into the young pup's fur to groom it

The mother even blew air into its baby’s fur to groom it.

Check out the video below of the pair snuggling:

The California-based nature photographer said: “I have been photographing sea otters for over 20 years, so I know sea otter behavior well.”

“Most sea otter mothers are quite shy with their babies, but this mother was very habituated to people and she was very relaxed as she lovingly raised her pup in a busy harbor.”

Ms Eszterhas used a long telephoto lens to photograph the mother and pup

“Sometimes, she swam right up to the dock and left her pup floating on the water’s surface right in front of me while she foraged for food.”

“She did this so many times; it made me feel like a babysitter. It was adorable and it also really showed how vulnerable and trusting wild animals can be.”

She watched as the mother left her child to float alone in the water

California is home to around 3,000 sea otters, all of which are descendants of a 50 strong otter colony discovered in 1938.

The species is classified as endangered despite boosted worldwide conservation efforts.

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Written by Joe Kahlo

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