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Baby Otter Swim Lessons

Surprising fact: baby otters actually need to be taught how to swim! Not so surprising fact: the process is obscenely adorable! In March we brought you incredible pictures of the Columbus Zoo's newest baby otter kits. Now we bring you wonderful video of mama otter teaching those same pups how to swim and some great additional photos. 

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Photo and video credits: Grahm S. Jones

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Sea Otter Research and Conservation

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program is renowned for its success at rescuing orphan pups and releasing them back into the wild. Just last week, Monterey celebrated the news that two female sea otters raised as stranded pups by surrogate mothers at the aquarium have each given birth in the wild to their second set of pups. Programs like SORAC demonstrate the direct link between the groundbreaking research efforts performed at many accredited zoos and conservation efforts in the field. 

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Photo credits: © Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder

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Extremely Rare White Otter Cubs

Staff at Blue Planet Aquarium were amazed last week when their two little otter cubs emerged sporting white fur! Although these Asian small-clawed otter pups were born in March, they spent the last few weeks huddled away with mom in the den and keepers just got their first glimpse. Exhibits manager Tom Cornwell explained their unusual coloration, “Although perfectly healthy and full of energy we believe both the cubs are leucistic which is a rare condition where the animals’ fur develops without its natural pigment.”

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Photo credits: Blue Planet Aquarium

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You Otter Be in Pictures

Last month the Binghamton Zoo's North American river otters, Elaine and Leroy, had a baby boy. This is the first time in Zoo’s 135 year history that they have welcomed a newborn otter pup. Since the birth, zoo staff have been working overtime to ensure the health of the pup. Oh, and the winner of the "sleepy otter pun" challenge gets to see their title up in lights (in the post title). Thanks for all the great otter puns. It was tough to choose one, but Micrathene's comment took the title!

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Photo Credits: Ross Park Zoo


Thermonuclear Otters

The population at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium grew last Friday with the birth of three North American river otters. They are so lethally cute, we have dubbed them the "Thermonuclear Otter Triplets." Zoo staff accessed the den for a quick health check and confirmed the birth of three males each weighing between five and six ounces.  The pups will remain secluded in the den with their mother for approximately two months when she will bring them outdoors and teach them to swim.

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Photo credits: Grahm Jones

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Orphan Otter Finds a Home at Monterey

In a story both heartbreaking and heartwarming, a baby Sea Otter was rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium after losing her mother. The young otter was found crying and desperately trying to climb on adult females in Morro Bay, seeking her missing mother. Already occupied with their own pups, the adult otters repeatedly pushed the little girl away. With things looking increasingly desperate, staff decided to rescue the pup and bring her back to the Aquarium. Learn more here but as you can see in the pictures and video below, Kit is in a wonderful new home with a loving companion, 9 year old Sea Otter "Mae."

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You can also see more via Monterey Bay Aquarium's live webcam


Babies of M’Bopicuá

Uruguay's M’Bopicuá Breeding Station works to protect and repopulate native species in danger of extinction around their conservation area. A member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, M’Bopicuá also focuses on environmental education and training with local school children.

Yesterday M’Bopicuá, known in Spanish as Estación de Cría de Fauna M'Bopicuá, shared three beautiful species born at their location, all of which are new to ZooBorns. 

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