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A new name for sea otter Pup 681, live Friday

New name for Shedd Aquarium sea otter pup.

The new, friendlier name for Pup 681, the Shedd Aquarium's rescued baby sea otter and resident media darling, will be announced at 8 a.m. Friday, the morning after voting was scheduled to end, the aquarium said Thursday.

Beginning Dec. 2, the Shedd and ABC's "Good Morning America" sponsored a "Name the Sea Otter Pup" vote, asking people to choose from one of five proffered names. The names — Cali, Ellie, Luna, Poppy and Ana — all have significance in the life of the pup, who was believed to be a week old when she was rescued Sept. 30 on a beach in central California. She was placed with the Shedd at 5 weeks old and less than 6 lbs.

Since then, aquarium YouTube videos of her have drawn nearly 5 million views. Voting was still open Thursday via the Shedd and "Good Morning America" websites. People can witness the name unveiling live Friday in a Shedd Google Hangout On Air session.

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