Otter pups unveiled on Canada Day at Brockville aquarium

Two otter pups were presented to the public on Canada Day at the Brockville Aquatarium.

There’s no end of animals and creatures to see at Brockville’s Aquatarium, but the aquarium’s biggest draw is the otters.

Last February, Ivy, the aquarium’s mature female otter, gave birth to two male pups.

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This past Canada Day, the public got their first viewing of them in their new enclosure.

Jennipher Carter, the senior aquarist at the aquatarium says they’ve slowly been exposing the pups to the larger main enclosure.

“We’ve actually been putting Mom out with the two boys out on the big exhibit on a regular basis for the last couple of weeks.”

Weighing about four kilograms, they are about half the size of the adults, which is why they haven’t been exposed to the adult males, according to Carter.

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“Once they get a little bit bigger and can defend themselves against the bigger boys.”

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A contest is being held to name the two pups, and name submissions will be accepted on the Aquatarium’s Facebook page until July 7.

Public relations manager Sarah Laternus says in just a few days, they already have well over 100 names.

“We’ve got some really funny ones, some really cute ones, some historical ones, some musical ones.”

Staff will pick the final four names and then visitors to the aquarium will be able to vote on those names during the last week of July.

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