In an early Christmas present to the world, the Monterey Bay Aquarium posted pictures and videos of a newborn sea otter pup.
Last weekend, employees at the Monterey Bay Aquarium noticed a female sea otter hanging out in the quiet shallows of the Aquarium's Great Tide Pool. On December 20, she gave birth to a healthy (and adorable!) otter pup.
Since then the mom and pup have left the tide pool presumably to get food, but not before Aquarium staff were able to catch some fantastic photo and video of the pair.
Watch the mom and pup resting in the bay in the video below:
You can keep updated on the otters status on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Tumblr, which has been posting photos of these otters as well as rescued otters currently under the care and supervision of Aquarium staff.
As an added bonus, watch the Aquarium's resident otters enjoy frozen holiday treats (the sprinkles/icing are minced clams).