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Oregon Zoo's rescued river otter pup now has a name: Little Pudding

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Little Pudding, rescued river otter pup. (Image: Oregon Zoo) Little Pudding, rescued river otter pup. (Image: Oregon Zoo)
Little Pudding, rescued river otter pup. (Image: Oregon Zoo) Little Pudding, rescued river otter pup. (Image: Oregon Zoo)
Little Pudding, rescued river otter pup. (Image: Oregon Zoo) Little Pudding, rescued river otter pup. (Image: Oregon Zoo)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A rescued river otter pup that has a new home at the Oregon Zoo also now has a new name.

More than 5,500 people voted online, and the winning name is Little Pudding.

The name refers to a tributary of the Pudding River that joins the main stem in Marion County west of Mt. Angel.

Little Pudding, the 4-month-old river otter, was found alone, hungry and dehydrated wandering along Highway 58 near Oakridge last month.

He was taken to the Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis.

Since the young otter would not be able to survive in the wild without its mother, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife contacted the zoo to see if space was available once the pup's health stabilized.

Zoo visitors should be able to see Little Pudding later this summer, after keepers introduce him to the zoo's two adult otters, Tilly and B.C., in their Cascade Stream and Pond habitat.

The other possible name for the river otter pup were J.R. Papenfus and Hobson.

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