Two baby otters apparently abandoned by their mother after construction work destroyed their nest were rescued by residents on the island of Kinmen off Taiwan.
Based on information [zh] provided by Kinmen National Park, the two baby Eurasian otters were discovered April 1, 2014. The larger otter weighs 530 grams (a little over a pound), and the other 480 grams. Park experts estimated that the pair were about two weeks old.
The otters were transferred to Taipei, and are now being cared for at the Taipei Zoo.
On the main island of Taiwan, Eurasian otters went extinction in 1986 [zh] due to river pollution. On the island of Kinmen, however, there are less than 100 of the animals living in Kinmen National Park.
The Kinmen National Park has received 27 otters [zh] spotted by residents since 1992, but only three are still alive.
Everyone works hard to keep these endangered otters alive.
Maybe we have had bad experiences before, but please give your gratitude to the Kinmen National Park for their hard work. I heard that the staff who took care of the otters did not close their eyes once throughout the whole night. We hope the staff at the Taipei Zoo, who will take care of them next, will also do their best to care for them.
Kinmen National Park also explained [zh] how to protect the otters in Kinmen:
In Kinmen, water environments for otters are dwindling and broken up into smaller and smaller regions. Yung-Fa Lin, the head of the administration office of Kinmen National Park, appealed to residents and the relevant departments to inspect the surrounding areas during any construction work.
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