- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for two days provided care for a newborn otter after it was found abandoned in the middle of a road.

Local media outlets report the 5-day-old otter was found Wednesday by a concerned citizen who took it to a St. Augustine veterinary hospital.

The hospital transferred the female North American River otter to the zoo.

Zoo officials say baby otters don’t learn to swim until they’re about 2 months old when their mother pushes them into the water.

It’s unclear how the baby otter ended up on the road.

Zoo officials say the staff was thrilled to help the otter. WJXT-TV (https://bit.ly/1kPBDDo ) reports that the animal has since been sent to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. It is not expected to return to the zoo.


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