It is truly a tragic reality, that in so many places throughout the world, poachers hunt wild animals in order to illegally sell them to people wanting exotic pets. It is common for babies to be kidnapped; they often go into shock, suffer from hunger and dehydration, and die before being sold.
The cruelty of taking animals out of their natural habitat, who are frequently taken from their mothers before they are developmentally ready, is just heartbreaking. Thanks to the many animal-lover/advocates, like TV host Frank Cuesta, whom you will see in the video below, many animals get rescued and returned to the wild. Cuesta resides in Thailand, where he hosts a show that has been compared to what Steve Irwin used to do.
Cuesta is the hero of this story of a rescue of two baby otters, after he was tipped off as to their location, before they could be sold on the black market. Having studied veterinary medicine, Cuesta knows that these orphaned otter pups not only have to have limited human exposure, but actually need to be trained to be afraid of people before being reintroduced into the wild. This is necessary for their safety and for sustaining the otter population.
Unless you speak Spanish you won’t understand exactly what Cuesta is tenderly saying to the pups he has saved, but you will get the gist of it. Hearing the darling babies squeaking as they are finally fed, is simply joyful, as is the fact that they will safely be returned to the wild.