Here’s my father’s day post:
At my zoo, we have a family group of Asian Small-Clawed Otters. “Nava” is the mom, and “Moe” is the dad, and they have five grown up babies, 3 boys and 2 girls. “Bugsy” is one of the boys, and from day 1 he was a daddy’s boy. When all the other pups would follow Nava around, Bugsy always stuck with Moe.
A few years ago, Moe started to lose his eyesight. He’s 18, which is pretty old for an otter, so it’s not that unusual. As Moe’s sight failed, his other two sons began ganging up on him, trying to push him out of the group so that one of them could take over the leadership duties. Not Bugsy. Bugsy, who’d spent so many years being cared for BY Moe, now began taking care OF Moe. To all intents and purposes, Bugsy became Moe’s Seeing Eye Otter. He always held Moe’s hand when they were swimming, so Moe wouldn’t drift off and not be able to find the family. He kept his paw on Moe when they were resting on land, so Moe would know he was close by. He’d stand by Moe while his brother’s tried to hurt him, so Moe wouldn’t have to fight alone. Whenever the otters would go inside for feedings or for the night, Bugsy would leave his food and go get his dad, leading Moe to where he needed to be.
Moe has been 100% blind for a couple of years now. But thanks to Bugsy, his Seeing Eye Otter, Moe can get around just fine, even without Bugsy right there every minute. His other two sons have been separated from the family so they can start their own groups, so Moe is still boss man in charge of his crew. He spends his days swimming around, sunning himself and being spoiled rotten by his keepers, all with his little shadow trailing along behind him. The picture above shows some of the family sitting together…and Bugsy and Moe still holding hands.
Here’s to Dads! I hope I can do as well as Bugsy when it comes to mine.