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When a sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium had trouble breathing because of all the smoke from the wildfires in the state, the vets were stumped at first. But then they figured out that the 1-year-old otter, named Mishka, had asthma--and Mishka became the first sea otter to be diagnosed with this very human respiratory condition.
The second feat was to teach her to use an inhaler. Using treats and lots of praise, the trainers got her to push her nose against the inhaler and take a deep breath.
The vets use the same medication to treat Mishka that humans use (Flovent). Now that the sea otter knows how to use her inhaler, she can breathe easy for the rest of her life. Watch her in action below.