Troublesome otter trio born at Western Plains Zoo

A troublesome trio has arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales, Australia, in the form of three cheeky Oriental Small-clawed Otter pups. The two females and one male were born on January 8 2015.

Keepers are going to name three of the pups but members of the public can suggest names for the third on the zoo’s facebook page.

Emiko and Pocket, the mother and father, have been exceptional parents and are taking care of their second litter.

Keeper Ian Anderson said, “Both Emiko and Pocket are very hands-on parents and have been displaying ideal nurturing behaviours.”

Most of the short life of the trio has been spent in their den. Keepers have employed video camera surveillance to monitor the pups and check they are growing and developing well.


The pups are still spending a lot of their time in the den but are making sporadic appearances at their enclosure. In the coming weeks they will spend more and more time on display including beginning their swimming lessons.

“By the end of April we will expect to see the pups out and about more regularly in the exhibit with their parents and older siblings,” added Ian.

This birth continues the zoo’s successful breeding program which began with the birth of a litter in January 2014.

“Oriental Small-clawed Otters are a social species and live in large families so it is anticipated that the family will remain together for the near future,” explained Ian.

Photo Credit: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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