Rescued Sea Otter Pup Debuts at Shedd Aquarium

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A 7-month-old sea otter named Cayucos made her first furry foray into the public eye last week. The otter, named for the California beach on which she was rescued four months ago, has received round-the-clock care at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium where trainers have taught her important skills like grooming, foraging, and regulating her body temperature.

Since arriving at Shedd in January, the pup has put on 11 pounds, bringing her up to a body weight of 26 pounds -- the average adult female sea otter weighs anywhere from 35 to 60 pounds, so Cayucos has some growing to do. But, in the meantime, she's spending time with four other female sea otters (Kenai, Kachemak, Mari and Kiana) in the Abbott Oceanarium at Shedd.

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To learn more, go to the Shedd Aquarium's sea otter page where you can find fascinating facts about these mammals including the tidbit that sea otters have the thickest fur in the animal kingdom.

Credit: Shedd Aquarium

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