Every child eagerly awaits (and parents dread) the day in which they enter their teen years and Buck, the Southern sea otter, is no different. April 25th will mark the milestone for one of Audubon Aquarium’s furriest residents; Buck will be turning 13 and become an official teenager.
Buck will be presented with two special otter-worthy three-tiered cakes created by Michele Kelley and Jamie Mullins, Audubon Aquarium’s sea otter trainers. Made only with the finest ingredients of water, clams and crab claws, the cakes will be presented to Buck on Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th during the 2:00pm sea otter training session.
Buck and his roommate Emma were orphaned as pups along the California coast and were not able to survive successfully on their own, coming to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans in 1999.
Once hunted nearly to extinction for their luxurious fur, sea otters are now a critically endangered species. There are less than 3,000 sea otters left in their natural environment. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is one of only a handful of zoological facilities that house Southern sea otters.
In lieu of bringing gifts Buck suggests “adopting” him as a gift to someone special in your life to help celebrate his birthday. Visit the Adopt an Animal program on www.AudubonInstitute.org
to find out more information on how to make Buck and Emma a part of your WILD
The not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans operates ten parks and museums dedicated to Celebrating the Wonders of Nature. For more information about Audubon Nature Institute, its public attractions, and conservation efforts, please visit www.AudubonInstitute.org
For pictures of Buck and Emma, please click here
Media Contact: Meghan Calhoun
Audubon Nature Institute