Here’s the latest on Buddy’s move to Florida, from Talia Galloway, Karanambu Trust Orphan Otter Keeper:
So after a long couple of days we finally arrived at the zoo about an hour ago! Buddy was unloaded in his crate and set up in quarantine. He currently has access to two of the inside pens, one has some pallets and a clean crate (with towels) for him to sleep in if he wants, and the other has a big deep pool with toys. The crate door was lifted and I expected Buddy to come right out….nope…he was sleeping! He also didn’t seem to want to go to the end of the crate that was soiled, so we spun it around, I called him and he came right out. He has only been given a relatively light breakfast so far because we didn’t want to risk him gorging/getting sick. He seems very relaxed and is slowly walking around both pens learning where everything is.
Buddy should be a poster boy for international zoo transfers! I admit that yes I am probably biased but he was so calm and quiet for the entire journey, I was really impressed. He spent most of his time curled up asleep on a towel. As I’ve said above, he seems to be settling in well, he’s gone for a swim to cool off and has been having big drinks of water. He just has to choose a toilet corner, I think he’s holding it in again since he’s not sure where to go. He certainly held off soiling the crate for as long as he could, and then when he did he went right at one end and stayed out of it. I am taking lots of pictures and will send them as soon as I can.
I think that’s all I have to say at the moment otherwise I’m in danger of repeating myself. I hope this all makes sense and apologize if it doesn’t! My brain is more than a little foggy at present.
More updates soon!