PORTLAND – The Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Coast Aquarium have welcomed two new adorable additions to their families.
Sea otter pups Juno and Oswald were found abandoned on the California coast as babies, said Oregon Zoo spokesman Hova Najarian.
The pups were transported on a small prop plane in ice-filled crates to the Oregon coast Tuesday from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Oswald was taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, while Juno made the journey to the Oregon Zoo.
“Sea otters were historically abundant along the Oregon coast, but had been hunted to extinction by the turn of the 20th century,” Najarian said. “The only full-time resident sea otters in Oregon are found at the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.”
Both Oswald and Juno are exploring their new homes and completing their quarantine periods.
At the Oregon Zoo, Juno was active, playful and curious, said Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey, the zoo’s senior marine life keeper.
After her quarantine period, Juno will meet the other zoo otters Thelma and Eddie.
“It should be rejuvenating for our two older otters to meet this active youngster,” Nicassio-Hiskey said. “We expect Juno will really keep them on their toes.”
Both Oswald and Juno will make their public debut this summer.