Sea otters, the heaviest member of the weasel family, are an endangered species. Their numbers were decimated in the late 1700s and 1800s by fur traders who valued their soft, water-resistant pelts. Now, habitat loss and conflict with fisheries has threatened to wipe the species out entirely.
Now, this lucky pup is being fed formula and some solid food every two hours at the rehabilitation center, and being constantly groomed. Under U.S. Fish & Wildlife regulations, pups at such a young age can't be released yet - but she will be moved to the center's "I.Sea.U," an area where she can become more independent and care for herself.