Rescue & Rehab Journal

March 7, 2016

June, 3rd 2016

EL1620, later named Tangiq (ton git), which is the Alutiiq for Moon, is a male northern sea otter that was found playing in a mud puddle in a Cordova, Alaska parking lot four miles inland. He was a dependent pup with no mother in the vicinity and suffered from a very poor coat. The condition of sea otter fur is a direct indication of the health of the animal, and due to the environmental muck that Tangiq was found in, there were immediate challenges with maintaining his body temperature and complications due to stress and infection. With growing pollution problems, the risk of animal illness due to hazardous waste exposure is growing, but Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program is trained to respond to all conditions that animals may be experiencing. With the 24-hour care and monitoring from trained professionals, Tangiq’s coat is now clean and healthy and he is awaiting permanent placement by the US Government.


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