Kansas City Zoo names otter pups after Star Wars trio and receives Mark Hamill’s approval

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – May the force be with zookeepers in Kansas City, who have their hands full with some new baby otter pups.

They’re named after a very famous trio: Luke, Han and Leia.

The pups were born in October, but made their public debut at the Kansas City Zoo Friday.

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It’s three times the cuteness in our otter nest box! Three adorable Asian small-clawed otter babies were born on October 20; it’s two boys and a girl for mom Cai and dad Ian. We wanted to name this trio after another famous trio with two boys and a girl. Facebook fans suggested names and our Zookeepers made the final decision to name the baby otters after three main characters from the Star Wars franchise, Han, Luke, and Leia. These new additions join older brother Otis, born last year, and twins Conner and Clover, born this past March 18. They are currently behind the scenes in one of their cozy dens. Although they won’t be on exhibit for a while, you can watch them on our Otter Cam which shows the action live from the family nest box.

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These otters even got the attention of none other than Hamill himself – and the Star Wars Twitter page.

“Remember…the Force will be with you, always.”

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