A North American River Otter pup born at the Oregon Zoo on November 8 now has a name! The zoo’s River Otter staff came up with three waterway-inspired names for their fans to choose from, and the winner is…Zigzag, or Ziggy for short.
Nearly half of the 8,000 voters chose this name over two other options, Willamette and Trask. All three names are references to Oregon rivers.
ZooBorns first reported on the birth of this pup here. Born to experienced mother Tilly, the pup has been growing quickly under her diligent care. Young River Otters are completely dependent on their mothers, and even need to be taught how to swim.
North American River Otters are relatively common in the Pacific Northwest, but are rare in other parts of the United States. These sleek, playful mammals require healthy river systems to thrive. They feed on mollusks, fish, crayfish, and other river fauna.