Pet Scoop: Orphaned Otter Thriving at Chicago Aquarium, Camel Picks Super Bowl Winner

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Baby otter Cayucos
Surrogate moms at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium are tending to Cayucos, an orphaned Southern otter.

Chicago Aquarium Nurses Baby Otter Back to Health

This orphaned otter pup was found stranded in Cayucos, Calif., and transported to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Now the 10-week-old Southern otter, whose species is threatened, has a dozen surrogate parents providing around-the-clock care. The adorable infant's name: Cayucos. — Watch it at Today

Plus: The Miami Seaquarium rescued a manatee and a pair of sea turtles from a toxic red tide. — Read it at the Huffington Post

New Jersey Zoo’s Camel Predicts Super Bowl Victors

Princess has a pretty impressive record when it comes to predicting the winner of the Super Bowl — she’s gotten five of the last six games right. A zookeeper at New Jersey’s Popcorn Park Zoo writes the name of each team on both of his hands, then he holds a graham cracker in each hand. The hand that the Bactrian camel nudges first is her pick. Although the New England Patriots may be the favorite of Las Vegas oddsmakers, Princess is betting on the New York Giants. — Read it at USA Today

LA Times

Hollywood Star Uggie Announces His Retirement

Make sure to get your fill of Uggie, the 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who stole the show in The Artist, when he hits the red carpet for the Oscars next month. His trainer says that the awards show will likely be Uggie’s last big public appearance. “I don't want to put him through long hours anymore,” said trainer Omar Von Muller. “He's getting tired." — Read it at the LA Times

Plus: Check out a People Pets gallery of the pooch, who also starred in Water for Elephants.

Celebrities Who Champion Animal Causes

Glenn Close may have played Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians, but the Oscar-nominated actress works with several animal charities in real life. According to USA Today’s Paw Print Post, Close is just one of eight celebrities who really go above and beyond to help animals. — Read it at USA Today

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