Oregon Zoo's Baby River Otter 'Mo' Getting Swimming Lessons

Oregon Zoo's Baby River Otter 'Mo' Getting Swimming Lessons

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Oregon Zoo's baby otter "Mo" is getting swimming lessons from his mom "Tilly."

Oregon Zoo

The two river otters are named for Oregon rivers, Mo for Mollala and Tilly for Tillamook.

Zookeepers explain that otters are not born knowing how to swim.

Until recently, the pair was kept in a private area, but are now in a public exhibit area.

Though Tilly is a first-time mom, zookeepers say she's "doing all the right things" in teaching Mo to swim.

Mo is the first river otter born at the Oregon Zoo.

An elderly sea otter "Eddie" became an Internet sensation in a video of him shooting hoops, which has been viewed more than a million times.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.