PORTLAND, Ore. – Zookeepers at the Oregon Zoo are staying busy taking care of a host of cute baby animals.
The recently rescued a “boisterous” baby river otter name Tilly. She was found abandoned near Milwaukie, Ore.
Little Tilly was wounded in the wild by an animal attack, but zookeepers say she has bounced back and is settling in at the zoo.
She is named Tilly after the Tillamook River.
You can’t go visit Tilly quite yet, she’s still building up her strength away from the public eye. Eventually she’ll move into the Cascade Stream and Pond section of the zoo’s Great Northwest exhibit.
For now, you can check out the zoo’s YouTube video to get your Tilly fix.
“Tilly is a tough little otter,” said keeper Kristina Smith. “She was in really rough shape, but thanks to the efforts of veterinarians both at the zoo and in Milwaukie, we anticipate she’ll make a full recovery.”
The zoo is also gearing up for Samudra the Asian elephant’s first birthday party.
Sam, as he is known, is having a birthday party on Sunday, Aug. 23 at the zoo in Portland (with a special cake for the birthday boy, of course).
Samudra’s first year wasn’t exactly the easiest. His mother, Rose-Tu, became confused after giving birth and nearly trampled the young elephant before keepers intervened.
“We think Rose-Tu was confused because she’d never seen a birth before,” said senior keeper Bob Lee. “Prior to Sam, Rose-Tu had been the last elephant born at the zoo.”
Keepers say the mother and calf now have a strong bond. As Sam grows older, keepers will also introduce him to his father, Tusko.
"We're thrilled with the way Sam's been growing and progressing," Lee said. "He's put on about 1,000 pounds since birth - which is great for a baby elephant - and he's inquisitive, energetic and healthy."