Orphaned otters get new names
The Oregon Zoo's new river otters have been named for the state's Floras Lake and Hobson Creek.
The 3-month-old orphan pups found in May are now named Flora and Hobson. Flora, a female, was found wandering a construction site near Gold Beach. She was taken to Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center in Josephine County. Hobson, a male, was found near the Michaelbook Golf Course in McMinnville. He was suffering from a respiratory infection and was treated at the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center near Salem.
"A lot of the animals here get their names from nations or cultures associated with the species' native habitats," said Julie Christie, senior keeper for the zoo's North America area. "For the river otters, we like to choose names based on local waterways."
Zoo visitors can see Flora and Hobson playing in the Cascade Stream habitat.