Zooey Deschanel Named Her Baby After an Animal

Say hello to Elsie Otter Pechenik
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2015 9:44 AM CDT
In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Jacob Pechenik, left, and Zooey Deschanel attend "The Skeleton Twins," premiere at ArcLight Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Zooey Deschanel gave birth to a baby girl months ago, and she's finally revealed the baby's name: Elsie Otter Pechenik. "I love otters. My husband [Jacob Pechenik] really loves otters. She better love otters," Deschanel said on the Today show Tuesday. "We don't know yet; she's only 3 months old. She's gonna love them." That wasn't all Deschanel had to say on the subject of otters: "They're very sweet and they're also smart, they use tools, and they keep their favorite tools, they hold hands while they sleep. There's so many amazing things about otters. They're wonderful animals." As for the baby's first name, "We just really like the name Elsie." (Click to see what Deschanel recently had to say about her baby's future career plans.)

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