Animals

By Lauren Fruen


THESE newborn otters may look grumpy but their arrival is being celebrated by animal lovers.

The five rare pups, three boys and two girls, were born at Columbus Zoo earlier this year.

The Asian small-clawed otters were born to first-time parents Gus and Peanut.

Pic by Grahm S. Jones/Caters News

They are said to be thriving under the watchful eyes of both of their parents and are expected to be on view to the public later this spring.

Native to coastal regions from southern India to Southeast Asia, Asian small-clawed otters are often threatened by habitat destruction, pollution and hunting.

A spokesman at Columbus Zoo said: “The arrival of these pups is another significant achievement for this species at the Columbus Zoo.

Pic by Grahm S. Jones/Caters News

“Last year, a male pup named Triton was born to parents, Asta and Oscar, and was the first to be born at zoo in 14 years.

“Both the births of Triton and of the recent litter were significant for the breeding recommendations outlined by the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to manage sustainable populations of threatened and endangered species.”