FedEx Helps Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Find New Home at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Posted on April 23, 2012

Rescued Sea Otter Pub Alaska SeaLife Center


An orphaned sea otter rescued from Alaska has found a new home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The five-week-old male pup was saved by residents of Port Heiden, Alaska, who found him alongside his deceased mother on a frozen beach. The pup was found in March has was cared for around the clock by the residents of Port Heiden and the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) until the Pittsburgh Zoo offered him a permanent home.

The pup made the journey from Anchorage to Pittsburgh on a FedEx Express MD11 aircraft, accompanied by representatives from the zoo's marine mammal staff and a veterinarian from the Alaska SeaLife Center. During transit, the marine mammal's well-being was carefully monitored and controlled, thanks in part to a specially-designed transport unit that ensured he remained comfortable from take-off to landing.

Bruce Clemmons, manager of the FedEx Live Animal Desk, says, "FedEx has a long history transporting rare and delicate cargo in cooperation with zoos and animal preserves around the world. We're proud to have put our years of experience and delivery resources to work ensuring a safe and secure arrival for this tough young pup."

Photo: Alaska SeaLife Center/Business Wire


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