SOUTH LOOP — The Shedd Aquarium’s two rescued otter pups have received their names: Cooper and Watson.
The pups are 5-month-old boys and have been living behind the scenes at the Shedd Aquarium as Pup 870 and Pup 872. They’ll be gradually introduced to the public over the next few weeks and needed names.
The Shedd created an online poll with five name so the public could participate in naming the pups, and the poll racked up almost 20,000 votes in about a week, according to a news release. The winning names were announced Monday morning.
The pups, just weeks old when they were rescued, were found off the coast of California with no adults nearby. The names pay tribute to their homeland: The name Watson comes from the town of Watsonville and the name Cooper from Cupertino.
Cooper and Watson spent time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium before coming to the Shedd, where staff members have been teaching them otter skills like grooming their fur, foraging and diving in water.
The pups will soon be visible in the Regenstein Otter Habitat.