- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Zoo has chosen an adoptive mother as its annual mother of the year.

The zoo said Friday that Thelma the sea otter was selected because she did a great job raising an orphaned otter pup that was rescued last year along the California coast.

The pup named Juno was only 5 months old when she met Thelma last May. The zoo says Thelma’s old for a sea otter, but spry, energetic and playful. Thelma and Juno quickly bonded, with the elder sea otter bear-hugging the young one, then swimming her around the pool and under the water.

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