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Baby Otter Found Crying Alone Now Has The Cutest Adventures

She was found washed up on a beach in Carmel, California, crying out for her mother.

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This baby southern sea otter was a whole world away from her family.

An expert from the Monterey Bay Aquarium roamed the beach with the endangered otter swaddled in his arms, searching for her mother but to no avail, a blog post recounting her story said.

Unusually warm weather in January led to intense storms, one of which may have caused the sea otter to be separated from her mom. Too young to fend for herself, she was taken in by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and became the the 719th sea otter rescued by the aquarium's sea otter rescue, care, research and conservation program - hence her temporary name, Pup 719.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was unable to keep Pup 719, however, because the aquarium lacked surrogate mothers to care for her, as they were all paired up with other pups already.

Unable to return to the ocean (since sea otter pups usually stay with their mothers for eight to nine months in the wild before going off on their own), the next best thing was to find a permanent home for her ...

... and that's when Monterey Bay reached out to colleagues at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, who welcomed her with open arms.

She's come such a long way from being bottle-fed ...

... to now eating solid foods ...

... like shrimp and shelled clams. Not to mention that this is one little girl who loves her playtime more than anything else.

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"This pup is very independent," Christy Sterling, assistant supervisor of penguins and otters at Shedd Aquarium, said in a recent blog post.

"When she's active, she's active ... besides the fact that she's completely cute, it's just so fun to watch her explore with boundless energy," she said.

Recent Facebook comments from Shedd say that the aquarium is currently thinking of a new (much cuter) name for Pup 719.

Watch the video below to see just how much fun this otter loves to have in the water.

Support Pup 719 and other otters at Shedd Aquarium by "adopting" one here. To learn more about how you can help protect endangered sea otters, check out these useful tips you can implement in your everyday life.

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