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Sep 14, 2012 2:22 PM by The Associated Press

First CA sea otter to survive oil spill has a pup

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - The first sea otter to survive an oil-soaking in California has given birth to a healthy pup.

The California Department of Fish and Game said Friday that "Olive the Oiled Otter" was spotted swimming on her back with her pup resting on her belly three years after being rescued near Santa Cruz.

Oil damages otters' fur coats, exposing them to the elements and hypothermia.

After being cleaned, Olive was released and outfitted with a microchip and transmitter, allowing scientists to track and study her.

When she was brought in for a checkup this summer, scientists discovered she was pregnant.

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