Otter pup born in Seattle

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 1:06 AM

SEATTLE - The Seattle Aquarium is welcoming a new otter pup.

The aquarium says the yet-to-be-named pup was born early Saturday morning. The mother and pup are being watched around the clock to monitor the little one's health. A team will conduct monitoring for at least four weeks.

Lots of people already got to watch mom and baby swim around the tank on Saturday.

"We want to keep things as normal as possible, so we might be asking people to be a little quieter as we observe but other than that everybody will get a great chance to see a brand new sea otter pup,” said Traci Belting, Mammals & Bird Curator.

Because pups stay close to their mother after birth, aquarium staff has been unable to determine the pup's sex.

The pup's mother, Aniak, was born at the aquarium in 2002.

As a precaution, Adaa, the otter's father, has been temporarily moved to the Oregon Zoo in Portland to allow Aniak and her pup to bond. He will return to the Seattle Aquarium in the near future.
 
 

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