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A 5-week-old sea otter pup rescued along the Central California coast will get a second chance at life in Chicago after getting fattened up at Monterey Bay Aquarium, experts announced Tuesday.

Estimated to be 1 week old and weighing in at just over 2 pounds, the female pup was found Sept. 30 on Coastways Beach in California between San Mateo and Santa Cruz. (Credit: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

Estimated to be 1 week old and weighing in at just over 2 pounds, the female pup was found Sept. 30 on Coastways Beach in California between San Mateo and Santa Cruz. (Credit: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

After receiving around-the-clock care at the aquarium for four weeks, "Pup 681" -- a member of the threatened Southern Sea otter species -- was shipped to the Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium in Chicago for continued rehabilitation.

“Pup 681’s situation was urgent," said Tim Binder, Shedd's vice president of animal collections. "As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive.”

Now weighing in at 6 pounds, the 22.6-inch-long pup's appearance is far different from several weeks ago,  when it weighed slightly more than 2 pounds.

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