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Creative Writing: The Mother Otter

May 3, 2012

By Isabelle W.

Once upon a time, there lived a sea otter named Toola. She had no children, yet she dearly wanted sea otter kids of her own. One day, Toola was swimming along when she noticed a big white thing filled with little brown things. She swam closer and realized it was a big white fishing net filled with 15 little brown sea otters. They were all babies. Toola swam toward the net and then swam inside. After that she swam back out, taking all the sea otter babies with her. Unaware of her surroundings – she was still quite close to the net – she counted the little sea otter babies. There were 14. Oh no! she thought to herself, I’m missing one of the sea otter babies! But then she swam into the net and retrieved the last baby sea otter. The sea otters were reunited. And Toola decided to take all 15 sea otter babies as her own. Then they all grew up to be happy and healthy sea otters and she was very proud that she was the one to raise them.

This is based on a true story about an otter at the Monterey Bay Aquarium named Toola. She was the first sea otter ever to raise babies that were successfully released back into the wild. She also inspired some people to make laws to protect sea otters, which are endangered.

Otter with pup

Photo by Randy Wilder/Monterey Bay Aquarium via NPR

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