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You can be there for these babies.

This is your chance to be part of a life-changing experience....this is your chance to help baby otters - so young that their eyes weren't even completely open when they arrived at Wild ARC! - grow into happy, healthy adults.

Your support will ensure Lady from Ladysmith, Cowby from Cowichan Bay and Piers from Piers Island get the specialized care they need.

Lady was orphaned after her mom was chased by a dog and dropped her.

Cowby was found covered with over a hundred ticks after his mom was scared off and left him orphaned!

Piers was found alone, dehydrated and calling for his mom, who could not be found.

Want to be there to release these otters back into the wild?

When you give more than $50 you'll be automatically entered for a chance to join Dr. Sara Dubois and Wild ARC staff next spring to release these otters.*

* No purchase necessary. To enter, you must comply with the eligibility criteria set out in the Contest Rules within the Contest Period. For complete contest rules, see Orphan Otter Rescue Contest Rules section.
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July 25 Update: Focus on food

Remember being a kid and eating everything in sight? That's where these baby otters are in life!

Cowby and Lady barely drink any forumla at this point and now even Piers is starting to wean himself off. He has developed a taste for salmon too!

With all the exercising, snacks are essential. Each of them now eat over three kilograms of fish and meat a day! They are also much more active and spend less and less time in the dens. Keeping them occupied and stimulated will now become most important to ensure that they build the skills they need to become top predators and thrive in the wild.


July 17 Update: All together now

The trio are best friends now and have had some exciting developments to their lives.

Their enclosure has increased in size just as they continue to grow. They now have access to a shallow, but significantly larger pool.

To reach the pool, they need to walk up a ramp and down another. Cowby and Lady were the first to venture up, but not quite brave enough to slide over to the other side - although it didn't take long to pluck up their nerve. The ramp is nonetheless a big hit to be used as a slide and is Cowby’s new favorite activity!

As for Piers, he is still apprehensive and cautious while exploring his surroundings, but he has two good guides.

July 12 update: Pool party!

Lady, Cowby and Piers continue to grow quickly and remain as curious as ever. Their favourite thing? Playing in the pool of course!

For otter pups, mum sometimes has to encourage them to go in the water. It was certainly the case for Cowby. While Lady was swimming around the small pool, very comfortable in the water, Cowby attempted to immediately get out. After some encouragement, he stayed and swam for a few minutes before jumping out of the pool.

Lady stayed in the pool until it was time to get dried up. Up until last week, they had supervised pool sessions every day. Then they were moved to a larger space where a pool can be accessed at any time. They jump in and out as they please and Cowby now enjoys the water a lot more! 

July 6 update: Meet Piers! The newest baby otter!

Recently Lady and Cowby were joined by Piers from Piers Island.

It didn't take long for this little boy to settle in with his new adopted siblings.

June updates

Week of June 26 Update!

Marguerite, a Wildlife Rehabilitator at Wild ARC, is very efficient with what she does as she doesn’t want to spend any more time with the these social young otters who can get habituated to human quickly. 

She feeds Lady with the bottle while tidying up the pen and hustling Cowby away from her shoes when he becomes a bit too curious.  She checks on the fish that has recently been offered to Cowby and again has to keep him off her shoes.  She tries to distract him with the stuffed animal he is provided with for enrichment.  Lady takes well to the bottle and before you know it she has finished the entire thing.  Now it is Cowby’s turn. 

Christina, Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator, shares why it's important to suit up:


Week of June 9 Update - Cowby and Lady eat together

Cowby and Lady are growing quickly and both are now enjoying solid food - specifically fresh salmon!

They are still on formula and each consume 600ml per day. Each bucket (photo below) costs $300 and are specially ordered from an American company that ensures that this milk replacement will meet the fat/protein/vitamin content that baby otters get from mom’s milk.

 Week of June 4 update - Trying solid food for the first time

In the past week, Lady and Cowby have quickly progressed. Both have their eyes are now open, they are exploring their new temporary habitat together, and they are trying solid food!

Here's Lady giving fish a go for the first time.  

May updates

May 12 - Lady from Ladysmith enjoying her bottle.

May 28 - Lady and Cowby meeting for the first time.

Lady and Cowby

Orphan Otter Rescue Contest Rules

Donate $50 or more to be automatically be entered in a chance to attend the exclusive release of these otters back in to the wild. 

Full rules & details here.

Contest entry form here.


Brian B.
Burnaby, BC, Canada
donated: C$300
murray B.
Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada
donated: C$250
donated: C$200
Roanne P.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$200
J Tracy F.
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
ying C.
West Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Nur Syahidah I.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Leilani M.
Delta, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Louise R.
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Nancy B.
Sooke, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
david L.
Victoria, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Karen L M.
Richmond, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Darlene L.
Victoria, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Alexandra B.
Victoria, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Shana P.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$125
Loretta Christine G.
Victoria, BC, Canada
donated: C$111
Yvonne V.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
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North Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
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Victoria, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
West Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Michelle M.
Brossard, QC, Canada
donated: C$100
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Joy M.
Parksville, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
Jason R.
Victoria, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
Chantal Fennell F.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
Randy G.
Ladysmith, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
Gayle G.
Victoria, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
Rolly S.
donated: C$100
william D.
Chilliwack, BC, Canada
donated: C$100
Barbara M.
Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada
donated: C$100

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User Comments

Alexandra B.
19 hours, 45 minutes ago

Today would have been my mother's 85th birthday and, because she could not be with us today, I am supporting the babies in her honour.

Michelle M.
1 week, 6 days ago

Hope they survive, thanks for your love for animals.

Julia M.
2 weeks, 2 days ago

I made a donation for you because I know how much you love otters!

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