Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

A Wild Otter Swam Into This Aquarium With A Surprise That Will Melt Your Heart.

For the last several days, an otter at the Monterey Bay Aquarium was spotted lingering in the facility's protected lagoon. Normally, otters don't hang out in that part of the park, so curious aquarium staff decided to keep an eye on her. Then, early one morning, they realized the cause of her behavior: The otter had given birth to a newborn pup!

Throughout the day, the new momma was spotted furiously grooming her new charge, and guest at the aquarium got to watch the baby spring to life, right before their eyes. Much of the event was captured on video, and you can see this adorable occasion for yourself below.

WATCH: A newborn baby otter was the center of attention this weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The mother spent the afternoon grooming her pup because puffing up the fur makes it easier for the little one to float in the water.

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And if that video wasn't enough cuteness foryou, these mother and baby portraits will definitely bring a smile to your face.

According to the aquarium staff, it wasn't that long ago when sea otters were feared to be close to extinction.

According to the aquarium staff, it wasn't that long ago when sea otters were feared to be close to extinction.

Tyson V. Rininger, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Births like this are evidence that the sea otter population is rebounding.

Births like this are evidence that the sea otter population is rebounding.

Tyson V. Rininger, Monterey Bay Aquarium

In fact, there is a record number of over 3,000 otters in California today.

In fact, there is a record number of over 3,000 otters in California today.

Tyson V. Rininger, Monterey Bay Aquarium

And thankfully, these two particular otters look like they're doing just fine.

And thankfully, these two particular otters look like they're doing just fine.

Tyson V. Rininger, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Source: SFGate

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