IT'S AN OTTERMERGENCY!
Tilly, one of the zoo’s two North American river otters, gave birth to a male pup Jan. 28—the first river otter to be born at the Oregon Zoo. The new arrival weighed just over 4 ounces at birth and has already tripled that due to his mother’s naturally high-fat milk. Keepers have yet to decide on a name for the pup, though it is likely he will be named after a local river or waterway.
If all goes well, zoo visitors should be able to see Tilly and her pup in the Cascade Stream and Pond section of the zoo’s Great Northwest exhibit in a few months. (Via.)
Thanks to my official Otter Friday Copilot, Alex Zielinski, who first emailed me with this exciting news ("You better Otter Friday that shit"), then tweeted what we're all hoping after that goddamn baby elephant debacle: "Fingers crossed that it's not under contract to a traveling circus."
(OMG you guys how great would an otter circus be)