Photos: Rescued sea otter to make debut at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Photo courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

TACOMA, Wash. -- The 10-year-old Southern sea otter named Moea will make her debut to the public this weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The sea otter was first rescued and rehabilitated by staff at the Monetery Bay Aquarium after she became stranded and was tainted with oil from a spill.

After her rehabilitation, she was released back to the wild. However, the otter made her way back to the company of humans.

"Her affinity for people and penchant for seeking them out could pose a danger to her in the wild. As a result, she will remain in human care and is non-releasable," Point Defiance said in a press release.

The zoo and aquarium said in the release that Moea (pronounced Mia) is getting along well with two other sea otters at Point Defiance.

Keepers describe Moea as calm, confident and that she loves breakfast, the release said.

“We are thrilled that Moea is now a part of our Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium family,” said Malia Somerville, curator of marine mammals and birds, in the release. “Providing a second chance for rescued animals is one way zoos and aquariums can help save species.”

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