Pamplin Media Group - PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) --- The public should get its first look in January at the Oregon Zoo's new sea otter pup who was rescued several weeks ago on the California Coast.
Known as "805," the pup was orphaned in Morro Bay Harbor in late October when he was less than two weeks old and picked up by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's rescue and care program. He arrived in Portland Friday morning, Dec. 8.
"When they're young they float like corks, but he's learning to dive now and loves showing off," said Oregon Zoo marine life keeper Sara Morgan, who traveled to Monterey last week to meet the pup and help prepare for his trip north. "He's full of spunk, very squeaky and fun to be around. He also takes a lot of naps — that's when he's at his fluffiest."
The new pup will join the zoo's adult sea otters, Eddie and Juno, at the Steller Cove exhibit.The Portland Tribune is a KOIN media partner.