By: Mary Beth McAndrews
When a wild sea otter was spotted visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium's protected Great Tide Pool, staff members were worried about her. Wild sea otters don't usually visit their pool that often. However, the next morning, they saw her grooming a brand-new baby!
The aquarium is calling this birth "a conservation success story." Sea otters were almost hunted to extinction in the early 1800s. However, thanks to legislation put in place to protect them, their numbers have grown with almost 3,000 in central California.
This sweet, fluffy family is still hanging around the aquarium, but they are free to leave the basin whenever they want!
WATCH: A newborn baby otter was the center of attention this weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The mother spent the afternoon grooming her pup because puffing up the fur makes it easier for the little one to float in the water. http://nbcnews.to/1meYdGrPosted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Monday, December 21, 2015