Daniel is a giant river otter pup. He had been poached and sold to a lodge, which intended to exhibit it in their private zoo for tourists. We found him in a sack, malnourished, dehydrated, and very shaken. He was rescued in August 2018.
Giant river otters are very social animals. In the wild, they live in groups, and have developed a language of sorts -- they are very vocal. Daniel is no exception, and he constantly "speaks" at his caretakers for attention, playtime, and food.
RAREC has learned of other giant river otters currently in need of relocation to a wildlife center. We hope to build a facility for a future family of otters, so they can be released all at once -- it will not be possible to release Daniel by himself, since he is very unlikely to survive. This would be the immediate goal in our otter rehabilitation program.
With his charming ways, and vocal antics, Daniel has quickly become a favorite of our volunteers and our online followers.