PORTLAND, Ore. – Rescued sea otter Lincoln is celebrating his first birthday at the Oregon Zoo, nearly a year after the orphaned pup was found stranded in California’s Morrro Bay Harbor.
Zoo staff said they see this birthday as an especially significant milestone for how the otter is coming along.
Rescuers found Lincoln when he was about two weeks old. He was taken in by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s rescue and care program, and since he was unable to be paired with a surrogate mother, he could not be re-released into the wild.
He moved into the Oregon Zoo’s Steller Cove in December of last year. Since then, he’s bonded with fellow sea otters Juno and Eddie, zoo staff, and with his devoted fans – who’ve dubbed him the “Prince of Sea Pups.”
To celebrate his first birthday, Lincoln was treated with a special frozen shrimp cake and a swim in his favorite pool, the zoo said.
“He brings a lot of fun and energy to the sea otter family,” said marine life keeper Amy Hash. “He loves to play, and he greets us every morning with his signature Lincoln squeaks.”
The zoo said Lincoln had some help finishing his feast, and 4-year-old Juno dragged the cake into the pool where they finished off the food.