Seattle Aquarium's new sea otter - it's a girl!

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Aquarium's new otter pup is a girl.

The pup was born Jan. 14, but aquarium officials say giving the animal time to bond with its mother and the thickness of otter fur made it hard to immediately tell whether what gender it was. Traci Belting, the aquarium's curator of mammals and birds, says had the new pup been a boy, it would have to be transferred so it wouldn't quarrel with the father otter. The female pup will be raised at the aquarium.

The aquarium will soon invite the public to vote on possible names for the pup.