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Help name a rescued sea otter pup at Vancouver Aquarium

Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm PDT

FILE - This baby sea otter was rescued in the water off nothern Vancouver Island on June 25th, 2017. (Photo Courtesy the Vancouver Aquarium)

Help the facility name a pup rescued off the waters of Vancouver Island

The sea otter is slowly learning to take care of itself and explore

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A male sea otter pup that has been staying at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre since last month is in need of a name and the facility is turning to you for help.

The pup, which is believed to be about two-months-old, was taken to the rescue centre, after some people found him swimming alone in open water off northern Vancouver Island at the end of June.

Since then, he has received 24-hour care from staff and volunteers who feed, bathe and groom him, just as his mother would have in the wild. He is gaining weight steadily and they say he’s getting stronger and becoming more active.

“With help from the team at the Rescue Centre, the pup is grooming himself, is exploring underwater and learning to dive,” explain staff in a statement.

Take a look at the three names below and choose your favourite.

Hardy: the pup was found swimming along off northern Vancouver Island, and first taken to the District of Port Hardy for initial treatment

Kasa: in Kwakwal, the language of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island — kasa is the word for sea otter

Masik: also in Kwakwala, masi’kw is the word for large sea urchins

The aquarium will randomly pick one participant from the entries to get a four-pack admission to the facility. The name and winner will be announced on July 24th.