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Otter being treated at CROW after being hit by a car in Fort Myers area

By Staff | Dec 2, 2015

CROW DVM intern Allison Daugherty, checks the heart rate of the adult male otter Friday morning. The North American sea otter was brought in Thursday evening to CROW, after be struck by a car near the Fort Myers area. BRIAN WIERIMA

The newest patient at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is fighting for his life, after an adult North American sea otter was struck by a car near the Fort Myers area Thursday evening (Nov. 26).

The otter was in a comatose state as of Friday, Nov. 27, but was making progress from his wounds from the prior evening.

“We are worried about his lungs and we’ll pull any fluid which are on them,” said CROW DVM Intern Allison Daugherty. “But he was more responsive Friday than he was Thursday night.”

X-rays taken of the otter showed no fractures of bones, but the otter remained in an unconscious state and was being treated with fluids given intravenously and oxygen treatment.

The otter is full sized and healthy, but was in critical condition through Friday.

X-rays taken by CROW staff of the adult male otter, shows no fractures of bones, after being hit by a car near the Fort Myers area Thursday evening. BRIAN WIERIMA

“It will be a matter if we can get him through this critical period,” Daugherty said. “Every patient is different and the big thing is how he progresses and how fast he can get better. So far, his temperature is much better than when he was brought in, so that’s a good little improvement early on.”

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The adult male otter was unconscious and in a comatose state Friday morning at the CROW hospital, after being brought into the clinic with injuries from a car strike Thursday evening. BRIAN WIERIMA