Brevard Zoo asks for help naming two new otters

The Brevard Zoo is welcoming two baby otters to its family and you can help name them.

The orphaned otters will make their debut on July 3.

One of the new otters is a 3-month-old female. The other is a 6-month-old male.

The two will replace Ollie, 15, and Saba, 16. Both otters were euthanized due to declining health. Zoo officials say the female, Saba, had cancer.

Now, zoo officials want your help to name their new additions.

Names for the girl:

-    Kenzie: Named after the Mackenzie River in Canada, which is the longest river system in Canada.

-    Winnie: Named after Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. It is the second largest watershed in Canada.
-    Sheyenne: Named after a major tributary of the Red River of the North, which runs across 591 miles of eastern North Dakota.

-    Gladys: Named after the Florida Everglades, the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States.

-    Missy: Named after the Mississippi River, which is second longest river in the US running 2,320 miles from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The Missouri River is the first and actually flows into the Mississippi. Plus it has the third largest drainage basin in the world.

Names for the boy:

-    Walden: Named after Walden Pond in Concord Massachusetts, a beautiful pond made famous by the poet Hendry David Thoreau.

-    Hudson: Named after the Hudson River, a river that flows 315 miles from north to south primarily through eastern New York.

-    John: Named after the St. John's River, which is Florida's longest river that flows north at a very slow pace eventually ending and mixing with the Atlantic Ocean.

-    Lawrence: Named after the St. Lawrence River, which connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and forms a part of the international boundary between Canada and the United States.

-    Nelson: Named after the Nelson River in Manitoba, Canada, which drains Lake Winnipeg and runs 400 miles before flowing into the Hudson Bay.

Vote now online:

You have until 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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