FedEx flies orphaned wild sea otter from Alaska to Pittsburg Zoo

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A FIVE-week old orphaned sea otter from Alaska has been flown to a zoo in Pittsburg by FedEx on an MD-11 aircraft, according to Atlanta-area Air Cargo World.

The sea otter was transported from the carrier's Anchorage hub to Pittsburgh, via Memphis and the shipment required the coordination of Pittsburgh Zoo personnel and FedEx Ground transportation staff.

According to a FedEx statement, the pup was discovered next to his deceased mother on a Port Heiden, Alaska, beach in March. Before the Pittsburgh Zoo could provide him with a permanent home, residents of Port Heiden and the Alaska SeaLife Centre (ASLC) watched him round the clock.

"Once the ASLC and the Pittsburgh Zoo staff agreed to transport the little otter to Pittsburgh, FedEx was asked to help," said Pittsburgh Zoo CEO Barbara Baker. "We are so very grateful that we were able to utilise our relationship with Pittsburgh-based FedEx Ground to secure the support of FedEx Express and their utmost attention to detail when transporting our precious cargo."

The sea otter also travelled with an entourage, according to the statement. An ASLC veterinarian and members of Pittsburgh Zoo marine mammal staff accompanied the otter during transit to ensure he was well monitored and was in a controlled environment. The otter was also contained in a specially built transportation unit to guarantee that he remained comfortable during the entire flight.

Bruce Clemmons, manager of the FedEx live animal desk, said this shipment speaks to the integrator's proficiency in shipping live animals. "We're proud to have put our years of experience and delivery resources to work ensuring a safe and secure arrival for this tough young pup," he added.

This special shipment comes only three months after FedEx hauled two giant 3-year-old pandas from Chengdu to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport on a specially chartered Boeing 777-F aircraft. The integrator also has experience transporting sea creators, having safely carried more than 25,000 endangered sea turtle eggs from the Gulf of Mexico to the eastern coast of Florida in 2010.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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