FedEx Delivers Rescued Otter Pup to Denver’s Downtown Aquarium

FedEx Delivers Rescued Otter Pup to Denver’s Downtown Aquarium

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Downtown Aquarium  in Denver recently welcomed Oliver, a new otter pup, to its Otter Exhibit.  He will join fuzzy friends, Emmett and Slater, who are long-time residents of the exhibit.

Earlier this month, the baby North American river otter was found at a gas station near Tampa, Fla.  He was taken to the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, who took care of Oliver while searching for a permanent home for him.  During this time, it was made clear that Oliver had become accustomed to his new surroundings at the sanctuary, thus making it difficult and dangerous to release the animal into the wild without increasing his risk of injury or death.

“I have raised many otters in my 35 years, and I knew this little boy was special right from start,” said Kris Porter, permitted rehabilitator of Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife.

After careful consideration and research, Porter found a forever home for the otter pup at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver.  The Downtown Aquarium is an AZA-accredited facility, which holds the property to the highest of industry standards.  The property  has two otters in one of their existing exhibits.

Oliver began his trek from Tampa through Memphis Wednesday aboard a FedEx jet with Porter. The pair ended up staying in Memphis overnight after a blizzard shut down Denver International Airport. Oliver received star treatment while at the FedEx World Hub, receiving his own pool and a shrimp and salmon dinner courtesy of a local restaurant. He was even able to pal around with FedEx pilots. Porter and Oliver boarded a FedEx jet Thursday bound for Denver once the airport reopened.  FedEx  provided the necessary resources and expertise to safely transport Oliver to his new home.

“FedEx is pleased to help the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary safely move Oliver from Tampa to his new home at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver.” said Neil Gibson, Vice President Corporate Communications, FedEx Services.  “This FedEx Cares shipment is part of our ‘Delivering for Good’ initiative to use our network to make important connections in our communities.”


Oliver is acclimating very well to his new home behind-the-scenes at Downtown Aquarium but will join Emmett and Slater soon in the Otter Exhibit where the threesome will receive daily training, vitamin supplements, toys for enrichment and delicious treats from full-time staff with extensive zoo and aquarium experience.

“Downtown Aquarium is proud to be the new home of this beautiful animal,” said Jim Prappas, Director of Animal Husbandry for Landry’s, Inc.  “Facilities like ours take pride in supporting conservation of wildlife through working with facilities like Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife so we can give animals like Oliver a second chance to live out their lives and be ambassadors to their species.”

The Downtown Aquarium’s mission is to partner with and support the goals of wildlife agencies, cutting-edge programs and other like-minded organizations that are focused on saving and protecting the planet’s wildlife including Wildlife Alliance, WildAid, The Ocean Project, SECORE, and OCEARCH.

Landry’s, Inc.’s Downtown Aquarium features a public aquarium boasting more than one million gallons of underwater tanks with more than 500 different species of colorful, tropical marine life; exhibits spotlighting areas including rainforests and deserts; three Sumatran tigers; a sting ray reef; Aquarium Restaurant; the 4,000-square-foot Nautilus Ballroom; The Dive Lounge; and amusements for the entire family.

Earlier this month, this otter pup was rescued after being found at a gas station in Tampa, Fla. Oliver was later transported by FedEx to the Downtown Aquarium in Denver. Oliver enjoyed a stop at the FedEx World Hub in Memphis on his way to the Downtown Aquarium in Denver. Oliver was able to pal around with Kris Porter of the Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife and FedEx pilots during his layover at the FedEx World Hub in Memphis. Oliver arrived safely in Denver aboard a FedEx jet. Photo courtesy of Landry's, Inc. Photo courtesy of Landry's, Inc.

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