Greensboro Science Center needs help naming otter pups

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Credit: Greensboro Science Center

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Five otter pups born on Veteran’s Day need names.

And the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is asking for the community’s help.

At nearly two months old, the five Asian Small-Clawed Otters born in the Carolina SciQuarium are tired of being called “hey, you” and are in need of appropriate names.

Zookeepers have selected several names, but need help deciding on the final ones.

Since the two males and three females were born on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, each name choice has a patriotic meaning.

Names being considered for the males are: Theodore, Benjamin, Quincy, Lincoln, Patriot and Truman.

Female choices are Molly, Glory, Liberty, Abigail, Kennedy, Eleanor, Betsy, Martha and Clara.

Visit now through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 19. Select two male names and three female names and click “Done”.

A link to the survey can also be found on the GSC’s homepage, Winning names will be announced on Monday, Jan. 20.

The public is encouraged to follow the Greensboro Science Center on Facebook and Twitter to learn the winning names.

These five pups are the first litter born to parents, Jelly and Mark Lee. The couple was chosen as mates by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan and was placed together in the Carolina SciQuarium this past spring.

Since Asian Small-Clawed Otters form monogamous pairs and mate for life, the Center is hopeful this is just the first of many otter offspring.

The birth also marks the first birth of this species in North Carolina. Asian Small-Clawed Otter populations have declined significantly in their native range.

Captive breeding programs with these species have also slumped in recent years, so these five parent-reared otter pups add greatly to the diminishing gene pool.

The baby otters are not currently available for public viewing.

Because their habitat features a swimming area, the little otters must have fully developed the ability to swim before zookeepers allow them to enter the exhibit.

They are currently housed behind the scenes of their SciQuarium home, but zookeepers hope the family will be ready for display in late January or early February.


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