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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Miller Park Zoo in Illinois is celebrating the birth of two male otter pups and will auction off the chance to name the newborns.

North American River Otters "Tallulah" (tuh-LOO'-luh) and "Ozzie" welcomed their pups into the world on Feb. 12.

The newborns won't be on exhibit until sometime in late March as they still need to learn how to swim. But they can be seen through a video monitor in the zoo's veterinary hospital room.

The zoo in Bloomington will auction off the opportunity to name the pups in September.

Miller Park Zoo has seen otter pup litters in four out of the last five years. It's considered rare for North American River Otters to reproduce in captivity.

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