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Fri May 3, 2013, 03:38 AM

Do you love your Mom? Do they love their Moms? Vote...

...Yes, Vote for Oregon Zoo 'Mom of the Year:

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Zoo will honor one of its animals with a Mother of the Year award next week, and the three finalists were announced Thursday.

"This year’s finalists are a De Brazza’s monkey named Brooke, a North American river otter named Tilly, and an Asian elephant named Rose-Tu," said spokesman Hova Najarian.

He offered a quick argument in each animal's case:

Brooke has been keeping her 2-month-old so close that the zoo’s animal-care staff only recently determined the baby’s gender.
Tilly is a first-time mom, but keepers say she’s been doing all the right things for her 3-month-old pup, Mo.
Rose-Tu required full-time help with early binding after her first calf, Samudra, was born. But with new calf Lilly, keepers say her maternal nature took over right away.

"These moms all represent species whose natural habitats are threatened, and they’ve each done a lot to inspire zoo visitors," said zoo director Kim Smith.

The three caretakers/zookeepers naturally express some favoritism for 'their' Mom...but mostly they express their great love for all animals that bring joy, amazement, and understanding to our lives.

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