Who doesn’t love watching otters play, hold hands, and use each other’s tummies as rafts? Sea otters, which live in northern coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean, are iconic animals, their charm makes them great mascots for environmental protection efforts, and their importance to their local ecosystems cannot be understated.

Sadly, sea otters are threatened by pollution, poaching, and commercial fishing, which sometimes leads to baby otters washing up to shore unattended. But thanks to the efforts of aquariums where people are able to care for them around the clock and teach them life skills, even otter orphans have a chance of making it to adulthood.

And we get lots of adorable baby otter pics along the way. Scroll down, have a look, and upvote your favorites!

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A B C 3 weeks ago

Oh gosh, its fur looks so soft, I want to pet it all day long 😍

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Spikey Bunny 3 weeks ago

The Life Raft Of Love And Hope ;')

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Francis 3 weeks ago

Happiest little otter!

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Baby sea otters’ fluff isn’t just adorable, it’s practical: they can’t sink because their incredibly dense hair traps air, making them float. But they still have to be taught to swim and groom themselves, which is more difficult for humans to encourage them to do without an adult otter to show them.

Another reason why raising orphaned otters isn't easy is because they get sick easily due to not receiving antibodies from their mother’s milk, a condition you may be familiar with if you’ve ever had to bottle-feed abandoned kittens or puppies.

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Catarina Pupillo 3 weeks ago

Crap is it morning already?

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Spikey Bunny 3 weeks ago

This is officially the sweetest single thing I've ever seen!!!

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Char Char 3 weeks ago

Oh my, it's Otter the Grouch!

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Many orphaned otters who are raised through this difficult period by humans are determined by wildlife experts to be non-releasable, meaning they become too trusting of humans to be safe in the wild, and end up having to live in captivity permanently.

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Luis Milian 3 weeks ago

aww nap time! drifting away

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Clavelle 3 weeks ago

How dare you baby otter nest?

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Luis Milian 3 weeks ago

OmG!!! <3

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One aquarium in California has figured out how to increase the number of baby otters that can be successfully returned to the wild: by letting otters raise them, of course. Now, the first line of action upon taking in an orphaned otter is to give it to an adult female otter. Otters are very social and many of them don’t think twice about raising a pup that’s handed to them.

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A B C 3 weeks ago

"christmas presents? For ME?"

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68 Adorable Baby Otter Pics

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Narmada Weerasinghe 3 weeks ago

Ohhh hello there

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Ivy D 3 weeks ago

WHO MADE HIM SAD

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According to the International Otter Survival Fund, out of the 13 species of otters around the world, the only ones that are not threatened or endangered are North American River Otters, which live just about everywhere in the United States and Canada except for the Rocky Mountains and dry areas.

Some river otters made it into this list too—they're a little sleeker than fluffy baby sea otters, but just as cute.

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Raine Soo 3 weeks ago

Oh, my God! What a cutie!

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Emma B 3 weeks ago

Soft Otter, Warm Otter, Little ball of fur! Happy Otter, Sleepy Otter. Purr purr purr!

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Spikey Bunny 3 weeks ago

Awwwwww!!!! This one comes with its' own "Caution Cone For Cuteness"! XD

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Raine Soo 3 weeks ago

This is beyond cute.

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Mimi 3 weeks ago

The hands!!!!

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Carrie de Luka 3 weeks ago

That's not even pretending to be preparing the otter for a life back in the wild.

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Fonda Gabriel 3 weeks ago

It's ok... You can suck your thumb if you want to...💝

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Pusfarm 3 weeks ago

I fell in love with otters after seeing Ring of Bright Water as a kid many years ago.

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Raine Soo 3 weeks ago

Oh, it's a wee thing...Nap well, little one.

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Jim Lamott 3 weeks ago

You otter pile on, too, there's room at the top!.

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ERIN W. 3 weeks ago

What you lookin' at?!

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Raine Soo 3 weeks ago

This is the best selfie ever. I want to hug it so badly!

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Margie S. 3 weeks ago

They are so fluffy!

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Raine Soo 3 weeks ago

The poor little guy...Don't worry--you're in good hands.

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Raine Soo 3 weeks ago

What a cute, sleepy face!

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Donna Reynolds 3 weeks ago

Where’s mummy?

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OTTER 3 weeks ago

Shhhhhh... this is the part when he kisses her

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Raine Soo 3 weeks ago

Feeding time! Eat hearty, matey!

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