This one-day-old otter pup and its mother were seen in a pool outside the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in California. Photographer Connie Levenhagen caught the pair as they floated downstream snuggling together. In the footage, the mother occasionally grooms and cuddles the pup and at one point, she even lifts it up in the most heartwarming hug ever.
The film was taken at the Great Tide Pool at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The mother otter sought refuge there since the birth of her young pup in December in order to stay protected against other animals and the stormy weather. The mother has left the pool a handful of times since the birth but always with the pup. If she needs to dive to hunt for clams and abalone, she’ll leave the pup on the surface. [h/t boredpanda.com]