PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Zoo has opened its heart to a new member of its sea otter family just a handful of months after the death of a web-footed slam-dunking legend.
The zoo announced Friday that an orphaned sea otter pup named Uni arrived in the Stellar Cove marine habitat earlier this week.
Uni was found stranded on a beach near Santa Cruz in December and taken to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s rescue and care program.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife decided that Uni couldn’t be released back into the wild because she was unable to be paired with a surrogate mom.
The Oregon Zoo said Uni has been settling in well and is currently living behind-the-scenes in a nursery.
She’ll make her public debut sometime in June when she joins the adult sea otters in Stellar Cove!
Uni is the zoo’s first new sea otter addition since Eddie passed away in December. He was 21.
She’s named after the Japanese term for sea urchin, “uni,” in honor of the diet of sustainable seafood sea otters enjoy.