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Furry, feisty, paw-erful—Otter Girl! Today in Sea Otter Awareness Week, meet Ivy!

Ivy was found stranded in November 2011 as a two-week-old pup on Cayucos State Beach. She was cared for by Sea Otter Program staff for seven weeks, and then introduced to Toola—the Aquarium’s first and most experienced surrogate mother at the time. Sadly, due to a number of factors, Ivy couldn’t be released to the wild, and was declared non-releasable by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ivy joined our sea otter exhibit in December 2012 at just over one year old, and is now an accomplished surrogate mother to pups behind the scenes. She’s one of the younger otters on exhibit, and was dubbed “wild child” by Aquarium staff because of her liveliness during training.

Ivy is named after a character in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Thanks for all of your otterly pawesome work for sea otters, Ivy!