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The older male was rescued Friday after members of the public found the animal in distress along the shoreline and reported a number of disturbing signs, including: the animal had remained in the same location for an extended period of time, it had failed to flee when members of the public approached to investigate its condition, and it appeared to have sustained serious injuries to its flippers.
Haulena said a team was sent to Vancouver Island and that the otter was brought back to Vancouver.
There are no suspects in the shooting, but Haulena speculated it might have been someone who saw the otter as competition for food.
Its recovery would take months "in the best case scenario," added Haulena. "He has a lot of wounds and has a long way to go."
"But he's still critical, unfortunately. He's wounded, severely wounded, and he's suffering."
"He's been shot with a shotgun," said Haulena, believing the animal was wounded about two weeks ago. "There are dozens of birdshot pellets within him and he is in very poor shape. We can remove some of the pellets, but the damage is done."
Martin Haulena on Tuesday. "I like that he knows where to get the food. I like that he's grooming and that he has a dive every now and then. And his gum colour finally looks a little bit better.
The veterinary team has performed a number of procedures, including a partial amputation of the otter's right hind flipper, which was fractured. Due to its injuries, the otter cannot effectively groom itself, which is essential for thermoregulation, so the team is helping to stabilize its temperature through towel and blow drying.
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said, the otter is being treated with fluids, pain medication and antibiotics, but it was also blinded by the pellets and is suffering from anemia through loss of blood.
Haulena and his veterinary team at the aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre are working round the clock to save the otter.
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