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Miller Park Zoo welcomes two baby otter pups

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Two baby boy otters are the newest addition to Miller Park Zoo's animal family. 

"Talllulah" and "Ozzie" are the parents of two male North American River Otter pups born Feb. 12. The birth of the pups is the fourth out of the last five years. Otter pups rarely reproduce in zoos or aquariums, so the birth is a rarity. Only four litters have been born across 100 accredited institutions this year. 

“We’re very excited to announce the birth of these otter pups,” said Jay Tetzloff, Miller Park Zoo Director. “We’re all looking forward to watching them grow up.”

The otter pups can be seen through a video monitor at the Zoo's veterinary hospital room. The pups will go on public display sometime in late March, after they grow a little larger and learn how to swim. 

The opportunity to name the pups will be auctioned off at the Zoo's annual fundraiser, the Zoo Do, in September. 

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