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Austin, Arthur or Peanut? Help name Texas State Aquarium’s rescued otter from Austin

The otter pup was found on the side of a road in April.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Staff at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi need help naming a river otter rescued from Austin.

In April, someone spotted the North American river otter pup on the side of a road in the Austin area, according to the aquarium. 

RELATED: Texas State Aquarium staff rescues river otter near Austin; helps it make full recovery

The otter was then taken to Central Texas Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital in northwest Austin, where he was triaged. Once stabilized, the otter was transferred to TSA's Wildlife Rescue Center in the Coastal Bend.

Aquarium staff said the otter has made a full recovery. But like his other otter friends in his exhibit, he needs a name.

There are three options: Arthur (like King Arthur), Austin (where he was rescued) and Peanut (because of his small size when he was rescued). 

You can select your favorite name by making a $10 donation to the aquarium's Wildlife Rescue Center. The last day to vote is on Monday, with the winner to be announced Tuesday.

"His recovery status has been considered a success, he is learning to be more independent as he explores and learns how to swim," the aquarium said. "He can now be visited throughout the day in our Otter Tales exhibit."

Otter pup - Three week update

Cuteness status: 📈😭❤️ Our little otter pup continues to grow and grow! He is learning to be more independent as he explores and learns how to swim. Caring for him is a round-the-clock job, from feedings and playtime to making sure he has all he needs to keep thriving.

Posted by Texas State Aquarium on Tuesday, May 26, 2020


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