DETROIT -

After over 14,000 votes, the names of the new otters at the Detroit Zoo are... Ernie and Sparky!

The Detroit Zoo is celebrating the birth of two new North American river otters. The boys were born April 2 to their mother Whisker, 11, and father Lucius, 8.

The pups can be seen showing off their newfound aquatic skills at the Detroit Zoo’s Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat. The naturalistic environment features a 5,900-gallon pool with a waterfall and waterslide, and the habitat is designed so that small children can view the otters at eye level as they swim.

Slideshow: Otter family at Detroit Zoo

Published On: Jun 19 2014 10:46:37 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 19 2014 11:15:38 AM EDT
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