Orphaned Alaska sea otter honored at NYC party

By the Associated Press | July 29, 2011 | 4:13 PM EDT

In this July 27, 2011 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Tazo, a year old Northern sea otter, eats an ice treat made with a puree of krill and capelin fish, at the New York Aquarium. The aquarium staff commemorated Tazo’s first anniversary as a resident. He came to them the year before after separating from his mother in the waters of Alaska during a storm. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Alaska resident is showing New York City how to party hearty.

Tazo, an orphaned sea otter, was honored at an anniversary bash this week at the New York Aquarium.

The pudgy critter who now calls Brooklyn home showed off some fancy swim moves while devouring colorful "ice cupcakes" fashioned from pureed fish.

Then he went back for seconds — a fanciful, blue and teal "cake" sculpted to look like a sand castle.

Tazo moved to the aquarium run by the Wildlife Conservation Society a year ago. In June, he began frolicking in an exhibit with his roommate, Jacob.

Tazo was found in a backyard in Homer, Alaska, after he was separated from his mother during a storm.

The Alaska Sea Life Center initially provided care.


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