Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit organization that helps to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife in Western North Carolina. You may remember their amazing “Wands for Wildlife” program, an innovative way to recycle your old mascara wands to help clean rescued animals’ fur. They have plans to open a new triage facility that is likely to see over 2,000 injured and orphaned wild animals in its first year alone, but until then, Appalachian Wildlife has a very cute new guest … a baby otter! Prepare yourself, the below photos will give you all the feels.

This sweetheart was “kidnapped” and kept for several weeks until he came to Appalachian Wildlife underweight and dehydrated. Look at his little teeth! 

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Appalachian Wildlife was able to stabilize his health and now he is eating well. He has now been placed in expert hands in the hopes he can connect with other babies his size! 

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“Could someone turn out the lights? I’m trying to sleep here!”

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Thank you, Appalachian Wildlife for helping this baby otter! If you come across an animal that appears to be abandoned or injured and you have your phone handy, do a quick online search to find the number of the nearest wildlife rehabilitation agency or SPCA to ask them what you should do – you can also find a list of rescue hotlines, here. As Appalachian Wildlife points out, the sooner a rehabilitator can help, the better!

For more information on the life-saving work Appalachian Wildlife Refuge does, click here. If you’re looking for more ways to get involved, check out their “Wands for Wildlife” program and if you have any old mascara wands, send them their way. They also have set up a wish list of items their facility needs to care for the animals. Volunteering or interning your time towards a wildlife organization is also a wonderful opportunity to get involved and assist a cause you care about.

And don’t forget to share this sweet rescue story with a friend!

Image Source: Appalachian Wildlife Refuge/Facebook

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