PORTLAND – The Oregon Zoo has another little baby otter to coo over.
North American river otter Tilly gave birth to a new 5-ounce baby on Nov. 8, zoo officials said.
But baby what?
“We’re pretty sure this pup’s a male,” said Julie Christie, the zoo’s senior North America keeper. “But Tilly is very protective, so we can’t be positive until our vets conduct a more thorough exam.”
The zoo welcomed Tilly’s first baby boy otter named Mo (short for Molalla) in Jan. The newest pup doesn’t yet have a name, but will probably be named after a local river, Hova Hajarian with the Oregon Zoo said. Mother Tilly is named after the Tillamook River.
Mother and son (we think) are currently in a maternity den, and Hajarian said it would be another month or two before they will be on public display at the zoo’s Cascade Stream and Pond habitat. After the new pup comes out of the den, Tilly will have to teach him to swim.
A video of Tilly teaching Mo to swim (see below) drew more than half a million views on the zoo’s YouTube channel, Hajarian said.
Above, photos of new baby and Tilly teaching Mo to swim.