SEATTLE -- We now know the gender of the latest addition at the Seattle Aquarium.
The aquarium announced Wednesday that the sea otter pup born January 14 is female. That means the pup will be able to stay at the aquarium.
“We’re delighted to know that the latest otter to be born in our care is a female,” said Traci Belting, curator of mammals and birds. “If the pup were a male, once it grew up it would need to be transferred so as not to cause conflicts with the father otter, Adaa. Now we know she can stay right here with her mother, Aniak, and her grandmother, Lootas.”
The pup now weighs just shy of five pounds, which is on target for 11 days old. Otters typically weigh between three and four pounds at birth.
At this stage, the pup is unnamed. The aquarium will announce plans to invite the public to vote on possible names in the weeks ahead.