A baby otter saved by a dog in Minnesota will make you smile


If you’re looking for a story that will put a smile on your face, how about a dog that just rescued a baby otter from a river here in Minnesota?

Talk about a feel-good story in the land of 10,000 lakes: it has pets, baby animals, a daring water rescue, and it also comes with a happy ending. Like Fox-9’s Mary McGuire reported (and thanks to Mary, who once worked here in Rochester at Fox-47!) Saturday is the story of Gus, the six-year-old Goldendoodle.

Gus noticed something swimming in the St. Croix River near his parents’ home in St. Marys Point, Minnesota (just north of Afton, about an hour and a half northeast of Rochester) on Easter Sunday.

One of the ‘most endangered’ rivers in the United States is found here in MN

One of the ‘most endangered’ rivers in the United States is found here in MN

It turned out to be a tiny baby river otter, which Gus carefully rescued and brought back to shore. His parents then contacted the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRCMN), where they brought the little otter. Here’s how the WRCMN described the event on their Facebook page:

The otter is far too young to be in the water – she should still be in the den with her mom. Having no idea where the den is, how far the little guy has traveled, the otter was admitted to rehabilitation. We were quite worried the first 36 hours – he was cold to the touch on admission and we weren’t sure if he had aspirated water which could lead to pneumonia. The otter turned the corner the other day and is doing well.

But as Mary’s story continues, the little guy has done so well that he was recently transferred to another wildlife rehabilitation center with the specific tools needed to raise a tiny pup. As for Gus, he loves lots of pets and lots of treats. (And is certainly the answer to the question, ‘Who’s a good boy?’ isn’t it?)

And, as miraculous as this story is, it’s even MORE incredible that Gus did all of this on just three legs, as he was battling cancer and had just had his leg amputated in February! Well done, Gus!

Getting this little otter to a rehab center was the best thing that could have happened to him. the Minnesota DNR says river otters becoming more and more common throughout the North Star State these days. And even if there are more of them, they are not recommended as pets. But did you know that there are several animals that are illegal to keep as pets here? Keep scrolling to check them out!

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