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Meet the New Pup at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Photo courtesy of Randy Wilder/Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Not every denizen at an aquarium happens to be born at the aquarium. Take Pup 572, for example. 

He was found on a stretch of beach near Cayucos just after the new year. No mom was with the six-pound boy, but he did yield a painful clue to what happened -- a laceration, possibly from a shark bite. The Monterey Bay Aquarium took him in and nursed him, turning him over to Joy, the institution's go-to otter for surrogating wee pups in need. 

Go now if you're going to see him. How long he stays depends on his relationship with Joy, say aquarium reps. He's gained nine pounds since arriving in Monterey, and is a "robust, healthy, developmentally normal" little guy (and, of note: He's the youngest pup to ever join the exhibit). The aquarium also said that pups arriving with great white bites are not uncommon.

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