Today, i went back to the Coast Guard jetty to check on the Mom with the pup that has died. She was still there with the pup beside her. A otter specialist said that she will probably stay with the pup until it literally falls into pieces and and she can no longer carry it around, etc. And because it is so little, it will not take long. i still can not see anything on the pup myself but I am sharing the pictures with others who may be able to see something that I can't.
The first picture below is from today. my concern is the mom. She does not look like she has been grooming like she should. One of the people on the jetty said that she did see the Mom eating yesterday. While the Mom may be grieving like it seems to me she is, we humans have a habit of placing our human feelings on the actions of animals. And that is not something that we should do. It's called anthropomorphism. The below info was copied and pasted.
The term anthropomorphism was coined by the Greek philosopher Xenophanes when describing the similarity between religious believers and their gods — that is, Greek gods were depicted having light skin and blue eyes while African gods had dark skin and brown eyes.
Neuroscience research has shown that similar brain regions are involved when we think about the behavior of both humans and of nonhuman entities, suggesting that anthropomorphism may be using similar processes as those used for thinking about other people.
Anthropomorphism carries many important implications. For example, thinking of a nonhuman entity in human ways renders it worthy of moral care and consideration. In addition, anthropomorphized entities become responsible for their own actions — that is, they become deserving of punishment and reward.
Although we like to anthropomorphize, we do not assign human qualities to each and every single object we encounter. What accounts for this selectivity? One factor is similarity. An entity is more likely to be anthropomorphized if it appears to have many traits similar to those of humans (for example, through humanlike movements or physical features such as a face).
Various motivations may also influence anthropomorphism. For example, lacking social connections with other people might motivate lonely individuals to seek out connections from nonhuman items. Anthropomorphism helps us to simplify and make more sense of complicated entities.
The authors observe that, according to the World Meteorological Organization, “the naming of hurricanes and storms — a practice that originated with the names of saints, sailors’ girlfriends, and disliked political figures — simplifies and facilitates effective communication to enhance public preparedness, media reporting, and the efficient exchange of information.”
These next two pictures are of a Mom and pup that were not twenty feet away from the dead pup and Mom. Good news in that I had believed that I had seen two Mom's with pups about the same age but this Mom and pup had never really gotten close enough for me to get really good pictures. So we will see what happens tomorrow.