When a volunteer from Monterey Bay Aquarium heard a tiny cry for help, he started looking all over for the noise. After searching high and low, he soon found the source of the sound: an orphaned baby otter.

Gathering the frightened baby in his arms, he searched for the tiny creature’s mother, to no avail. That’s when he decided to take matters into his own hands.

This was the baby otter shortly after being found.

The man who found her tried to find her mom, but wasn’t able to. So he took her to work.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, they determined that she was only four weeks old.

They helped her recover, but she was going to need a more permanent home.

The Aquarium often uses a program where orphaned otters are raised by surrogates, but they didn’t have any available for this little one.

Instead, she was transferred to Shedd Aquarium, which had lots of space and resources for the poor pup.

Shortly after arriving, her personality began to shine.

And life was pretty good.

She LOVES to swim.

And she was a big fan of her new handlers.

She was originally named Pup 719.

But now she’s been named Ellie.

What a sweet little baby!

Don’t you just want to hug her?

What a sweet little smile.

I love her!

There’s nothing quite like seeing her in action!

Thank goodness they found Ellie in time. Now she’s having the time of her life!