Rescued Otter Pup Learns How to Use Her Flippers to Hold Objects While Diving Into the Water

The orphaned southern sea otter pup who was rescued off the California coast, currently known as Pup 681, is thriving under the tutelage of the staff at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. The pup’s latest milestone shows her using her flippers to hold onto objects while diving into the water. According to Shedd, the pup is growing by leaps and bounds, but still incredibly cute.

Shedd’s newest resident is an orphaned southern sea otter pup. She is growing fast and reaching new milestones every day. And did we mention that she’s adorable? She will stay behind the scenes until spring 2015 in our sea otter nursery as she develops, but you can check back here to follow her progress and get the latest updates!

After a long search through submissions, the aquarium will be announcing the pup’s new name on Friday, December 12, 2014.

It’s almost time to reveal the name of our rescued pup! Join our live onsite event through this Google Hangout on Friday, Dec. 12, at 8:20 a.m. CT. You’ll see live footage of Pup 681 and hear her name revealed live!