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A Gift of Love by Psithyrus A Gift of Love by Psithyrus
A mother sea otter tenderly grooms her adopted pup. Sea otters look very adorable when they obsessively groom their fur. Grooming is an essential survival behavior for sea otters of all ages, since they do not have blubber to keep themselves warm when emersed in very frigid waters of the Pacific. Grooming traps air beneath their thick coat of fur, which can have about 100,000 hairs per square inch of skin, wow. mother otters constantly groom their pups, so the warm air remains trapped in their fur, and also this blanket of warm air keeps pups buoyant, to the point that it is impossible for the pup to sink or dive. They stay put until their mum returns with food. This female otter is a surrogate who is caring for a newborn orphaned pup. The pup has many toys such as a ball, starfish, lobster, barnacle, orca, clam, walrus and squid. He is now getting a bath from his mum. These sea otters are from northern waters near Alaska. Hope you like this little family.

All the best,

Blair
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Valkeri-Spirit Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww
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Bl4cKc4T Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Cuteness Overloed O.O
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Scorp-Hasashi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gawsh! You just know how to make someone smile! That is just an adorable adorable ADORABLE piece of artwork!!! That could be a card!
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Whipscale Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
So..... Dang.... Cute.....
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IRONMAN1942 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
LOVE IT AS ALWAYS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LOVE MOM @ DAD
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Aavikkokerma Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This is really cute, I like this really much<3
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this is so cute and wonderfully gorgeous!! I'd really love to share a big hug with this family!
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RestrainedRaptor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Digital Artist
How can you work on pieces like this without dying from the cuteness? And I don't even find that many things cute either, but this certainly is. The smile on my face is infectious. I don't know how you do it. ^^;
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Happyhoney99 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow so cute. Did you actually paint this picture. If you did you are really really talented...
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yet another totally adorable moment. Do sea otters actually adopt in the wild?
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