“I was so touched and moved to tears from the whole experience.”
Suddenly, through the fog, Natalie Therese and her companion noticed what appeared to be a large clump of fur in the middle of the road as they were returning from a bed and breakfast along the Columbia River in Washington.
Therese was startled and felt they needed to halt.
Therese said, “[I] shouted to look out and pull over.
She noticed them as she got closer: three newborn otters abandoned in the road.
“My partner assumed [they] were just a pile of dirt or something,” said Therese.
Therese put the puzzle together and realized she had observed the mother otter flee from an approaching vehicle. The infants had merely huddled on the street since they were far too young to know what to do. Their terrified mother was now observing from the neighboring woods, leaving them all alone.
Therese made the decision to assist them in returning to safety and began directing the trembling infants in the proper path.
Therese added, “I gently urged them off the road.
Therese waited to ensure that everyone understood what to do before leading them toward their mother.
Therese recalled, “I stayed back beside the car till the mother got out and all three infants ran off the road together. I continued to wait for a few minutes to ensure that they wouldn’t retreat to the road.
You may see a video that Therese made of the incident here:
Therese had a significant influence on the otter family’s destiny that day, and they had a similar impact on her.
Therese remarked, “I was really touched and brought to tears from the whole experience. Nature and all of her animals are breathtakingly gorgeous.
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