Upon arrival at the MMRC, the rescue team worked tirelessly to stabilize the sea otter, known as Walter (Wally), after diagnostic tests revealed his condition was critical. X-rays showed shotgun pellets in his face and body which left him blind and with a serious fracture to his right hind flipper.
A number of procedures were performed on the ailing sea otter by Dr. Martin Haulena, the Vancouver Aquarium’s veterinarian, including a partial amputation of his injured flipper. Wally was also treated with fluids, pain medication and antibiotics, and staff and volunteers spent 24-hours a day caring for him.
Due to his injuries, he could not effectively groom himself, which is essential for a sea otter’s thermoregulation. For the first several weeks of his recovery the Rescue Centre team stabilized his temperature by towel- and blow-drying him by hand.
The extensive, on-going care Wally requires is very costly. You can help us care for him by donating today.