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Our Biggest Hairy-Nosed Otter Rescue Ever

Merman Tiun and His Four Hairy Nosed Baby Otter

We have just successfully rescued 4 Hairy-Nosed Otter individuals in Vietnam and China border. They were bought from illegal trade during the night of December 12th. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Merman Tiun. Never have we been taking care of so many baby hairy-nosed otters in our quarantine enclosures.


If you're a real life mermaid at TIUN, the last thing you probably expect to help wild animals. But this was exactly what merman Tiun found adorable baby otters that was pretty exhausted. These otters was calling for their mom.



Because otters sleep in a pile with their siblings right up until I take them home. They get a sense of security from sleeping on top of each other. This is how it is in the womb: warm, quiet and peaceful. Taking them away from their mother and littermates is traumatic. Even when you see a happy, goofy otter playfully engaging with their new family, keep in mind that they are away from the only home they have ever known, in a completely new environment. When it’s time to sleep, the puppy of course looks for a warm body to snuggle with, and if they are locked in a crate all alone, with no warm littermates and no mother’s heartbeat, it feels cold and quiet and scary.


What will happen if these otters drink cow's milk? Without the abundance of the enzyme lactase that breaks down sugars in milk, adult otters can have a more difficult time digesting it. The lactose found in milk will pass through their GI tracts and into their colons undigested, and this undigested sugar will draw water into the colon causing diarrhea, and the fermentation of bacteria in their colon may result in flatulence and discomfort. “Due to the deficient levels of lactase, milk ingestion can lead to GI upset including diarrhea and vomiting,” says Merman Tiun. “Additionally, whole fat milk or other dairy products may contain too much fat and can also lead to diarrhea and vomiting too.” Otters may also develop a potentially serious disease called pancreatitis if they eat dairy products—particularly high fat dairy products—that are unfamiliar to them.


Otter diarrhea is a sign of a health problem; it isn’t a disease itself. The most common mechanism by which canine diarrhea occurs is when unabsorbed nutrients either retain water or draw water into the intestines. In these cases, the volume of fluid overwhelms the ability of the intestinal lining to absorb water and nutrients. Dogs with this type of diarrhea will pass large amounts of fluid or soft stools.



Otters are seriously threatened by illegal hunting, trade, habitat loss, and pollution. Their population is vastly decreasing despite being a protected species. Let’s hope these cute creatures will stay healthy till the day to be released back to their homes.


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