BARNSTABLE, Mass. — An orphaned otter is learning how to be wild again after months of rehabilitation.
According to animal-focused news site The Dodo, the river otter was found alone in a back yard in Cape Cod, Mass., when it was just two months old.
“She was crying for her mother, who we think was hit by a car on the road nearby,” Deborah Millman, director of Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Mass., told The Dodo.
The wildlife center took the otter in, and to prepare the animal for the wild, it taught it skills that its mother no longer could.
The center created a custom habitat for the animal, complete with a pool and tunnels.
The Dodo reports the otter had fortunately already learned how to hunt and socialize. But according to the National Wildlife Federation, otters don’t usually learn how to swim until after two months of age — another skill usually taught by the mother.
Over the course of nine months the center hosted the animal, before it was finally ready to be re-released into the wild.
Watch the otter’s story in the video above.