Rescue call to save an otter from a dumpster a first, says Winnipeg Humane Society
Shane Gibson · CBC News · Posted: Feb 09, 2019 7:23 AM CT | Last Updated: February 9
An otter found living under a dumpster in downtown Winnipeg on Friday is now at the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre)
The Winnipeg Humane Society's emergency response team has had some pretty odd calls over the years, but likely nothing otter than one it received Friday afternoon.
The agency responded to a report of an otter living under a downtown dumpster.
Nihal Bhullar, a 20-year-old University of Winnipeg student, called authorities after stumbling along the otter over her lunch hour.
Bhullar was walking back to class when she noticed a small crowd around a garbage bin between two apartments on Balmoral Street, across from the university's east doors.
Bhullar thought she had misheard the man who told her there was an otter under the garbage.
"He showed me a video and I was like, 'Wait, what?'"
'He needs to be saved'
Eventually the crowd dispersed, and Bhullar found herself alone with the otter.
"I thought, 'I've got to call someone because he clearly does not belong here,'" she said.
"He's far from home; he needs to be saved."
Bhullar was joined by Dawn Williams, who lives in the apartment at 391 Balmoral St. next to the otter's chosen dumpster, and the pair waited for help to arrive.