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Zoo's baby river otter has a name

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Zookeepers have settled on a name for their new baby river otter.

The pup will be called Molalla, or Mo, for short, and is named after the Molalla River.

Mo's mother, Tilly, who is named after the Tillamook River, gave birth to the pup Jan. 28. He's the first river otter to be born at the Oregon Zoo and weighed just more than 4 ounces at birth.

He now weighs more than 2 1/2 pounds.

So far, Tilly and Mo have been staying in a private, off-exhibit maternity den.

Keepers are working to "baby proof" the public exhibit section to make sure it's safe for the young otter. If all goes well, zoo visitors will be able to see Tilly and Mo there in a few weeks.

The Zoo names all of its river otters after local waterways.

"A lot of people wrote in to offer congratulations and make suggestions for his name," said Julie Christie, the senior keeper for the zoo's North America area. "Several people liked the name Willy, short for Willamette. And one visitor suggested naming him Pudding, after a tributary of the Molalla. We thought that was pretty cute."

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