BEND, OR -- Pitch, the baby otter given to the High Desert Museum last May, has made his public debut in the museum's Autzen Otter Exhibit. A hiker found the pup along the Metolius River and took him to a local wildlife rehabilitator, and then the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife decided the perfect home for him would be in the museum's otter exhibit, alongside the current residents, Brook and Rogue.
Pitch spent 15 weeks being babied by the Museum's wildlife staff getting fatter, healthier, and learning to swim. He's now 26-weeks-old. His naming rights were auctioned off during the High Desert Rendezvous in August.
The High Desert Museum wants to make sure that while Pitch may have been abandoned, that doesn't mean that any animal young found in the wild is also alone. If you find baby wildlife, you should contact the ODFW or a local wildlife rehabilitator.
The Autzen Otter Exhibit was designed to house three otters, and has been recently upgraded with new pumps and filters, more glass viewing areas, interior exhibits, a mural, and an otter slide.