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