If the respected glossy that is People hadn’t been the first one reporting this, we’re not entirely sure we’d believe that this is the name Zooey Deschanel has given to her first born child. But since they’re generally right on these things, it’s welcome to the world…Elsie Otter. 

Zooey took three months to make this reveal, and it was certainly worth the wait. Chatting with the mag on the red carpet, Zooey revealed her baby born in July was called “Elsie”, and which point her husband, Jacob Pechenik, chimed it to add it was “Otter. Elsie Otter”. 

At this point, many might expect they pair to crack up, and “JK” us all. But no: In all seriousness, Zooey added the following detail to the story when she appeared on the Today show this morning, saying:

“We just really liked the name Elsie and then we both love otters — they’re very sweet and they’re also smart. They use tools … they hold hands while they sleep, there’s so many amazing things about otters. They’re wonderful animals.”

Is it weird that it’s kind of growing on us? That otter-holding-hands thing is rather lovely, right?


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