It’s a second pup this year for otter Tilly at the Oregon Zoo! The zoo writes:
‘We’re pretty sure this pup’s a male,’ said Julie Christie, the zoo’s senior North America keeper. ‘But Tilly is very protective, so we can’t be positive until our vets conduct a more thorough exam.’
Tilly and her pup are currently in a private maternity den, and it will be another month or two before visitors can see them in their Cascade Stream and Pond habitat. [. . .]
‘Young river otters are very dependent on their moms, and Tilly has been very nurturing,’ said [Christie]. ‘She did a great job with her first pup, Mo, earlier this year. She raised him up from this tiny, helpless creature into the sleek, agile, full-grown otter he is today. We’re confident Tilly will be a great mom to her new pup as well.’
Check out the zoo’s full article on this growing otter family here.
Submitted by Leonard!
This video, uploaded a year and a half ago, was submitted by Karen, who writes:
A short video of Oscar, an orphan river otter in the nursery at the Kentucky Wildlife Center. River otters are a true conservation success story in Kentucky. They were eradicated in the state in the early 1900s due to overharvesting (hunting and trapping), habitat destruction, and pollution. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources released 350 wild caught adults back into the wild in the 1990s. Blessedly, they have been making a comeback. Oscar was found abandoned, cold, hungry and dehydrated on the bank of a lake in Western Kentucky. He is now a permanent resident education ambassador at the KWC and is the only river otter in captivity in the state of Kentucky. He has a habitat that rivals any zoo or aquarium in the world, is happy and educates thousands of people a year.