Meet Oregon Zoo's Newest Resident, Uni Sushi!
Found stranded on a beach near Santa Cruz in December, Uni was brought to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's rescue and care program as a tiny pup. Unable to be paired with a surrogate mom, she was eventually deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"We're thrilled to be able to give Uni a home," said Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey, the zoo's senior marine mammal keeper. "She's already showing us her playful personality — I think she's going to have a lot of fun here with our sea otters Lincoln and Juno."
The marine mammal care team has named the pup "Uni Sushi" (uni is the Japanese word for sea urchin), in honor of the diet of sustainable seafood she and the rest of the sea otter family enjoy.
Oregon Zoo estimates visitors can see Uni Sushi with her new friends next month or so!
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