This Baby Otter Learning How to Swim Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

Nov 05, 2014

You may not have known how much you needed this video of a baby otter swimming, but the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sure did.

The Chicago-based aquarium has welcomed this little fellow to their facilities and now you can welcome the pup into your heart. You can thank us later.

Pup 681, the name the otter was given, was discovered orphaned on a California beach in late September weighing a mere 1 kg. After some much-needed rehabilitation, the Shedd accepted a California aquarium’s invitation to take care of the pup full time.

“It truly takes a village to rehabilitate a young sea otter. Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter,” said Tim Binder, vice president of Animal Collections for Shedd in a press release. And, apparently, teaching the world what it means to love.

(H/t Mashable)

Photos: Inside a Hospital for California's Stranded Seals and Sea Lions

Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
A California sea lion sits on the edge of a pool at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County, Calif. on May 9, 2014.Corey Arnold for TIME
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
Sick Baby Seals Marine Mammal Center
A California sea lion sits on the edge of a pool at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County, Calif. on May 9, 2014.
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