California aquarium apologizes for viral tweet about 'thicc girl' otter

MONTEREY, California -- A California aquarium is apologizing for a viral tweet about one of its animals.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium posted a photo of an otter named Abby, describing her with language the aquarium says originated in African American culture.


The tweet garnered plenty of likes, but also quite a bit of backlash.

The aquarium later tweeted an apology, admitting the memes had connotations of which the authors were unaware.

Abby the otter serves as a surrogate mother to otter pups at the aquarium.

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