A devoted mother otter has found a unique way to keep her newborn dry by letting her pup lie on her belly.
The moment was captured by Suzi Eszterhas, a nature photographer when she saw adorable sea otters swimming in Monterey Bay in California.
She watched the mother otter lift her pup out of the water and place it on her belly to keep it dry and warm.
This devoted mother otter has found a new way to keep her newborn pup dry by letting the young lie on her belly.
The mother even blew air into her pup’s fur to groom it.
“I’ve been photographing sea otters for over 20 years, so I know sea otters well,” said the California-based nature photographer.
“Most sea otters are quite shy with their babies, but this mother was very familiar with everyone, and she was very comfortable as she cuddles with her young in a crowded harbour.”
“Sometimes, she swam right up to the dock and let her pup float in the water right in front of me while she found food.”
“She did this many times; it made me feel like a babysitter. It was adorable, and it also really showed how vulnerable and trustworthy wild animals are. ”
California is home to about 3,000 sea otters, all descendants of 50 strong otter colonies discovered in 1938.
This species is classified as endangered, although worldwide conservation efforts have been accelerated.
Check out the video below of the pair embracing each other: