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Maryland Zoo Welcomes New River Otter

The Maryland Zoo welcomed a new North American river otter to the Otter Stream Habitat in the Maryland Wilderness Exhibit. He came to the zoo from the Oregon Zoo in Portland and his name is Hudson.

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“Hudson was somehow orphaned as an infant,” said Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo in a statement. “He was found in June of 2015 walking alone along Highway 58 SE in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River.”

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He was cared for at the Chintimini Wildlife center before being moved to the Oregon Zoo. He came to the Maryland Zoo in March of this year and is now ready to meet the public.

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Hudson joins Piper, an otter the zoo received earlier this year, in the exhibit. The Maryland Zoo says the two otters get along well.

“Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together,” continued McClure. “They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests.”

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Hudson and Piper can be seen together in the the river stream habitat in the morning. Mary, the Zoo’s older female river otter, prefers to be alone so she will alternate with them. You can see Mary in the afternoon.

Happy Ottersday :#)

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Otters Return Home to Thompson Park Zoo

After months away, the two river otters of the Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown, New York are back in town.

 

Father and son otters Otis and Ricky are just a few weeks from going onto exhibit, and zoo staff are seeing signs of enthusiasm from the pair as they became reacquainted with their surroundings.

 

The otters were previously kept at The Wild Center, in Tupper Lake, as repairs and upgrades took place at their home exhibit, ranging from the installation of new filters, to the delivery of a new glass sheet, which should be installed by Saturday, according to Lesley Clark, the zoo’s director of operations. The pond in the exhibit was completely resurfaced after leaks were discovered.

“If you don’t have quality products, it’s not going to last long,” she said.

A new off-exhibit holding area has been set up with a new drainage system, expanded space for the otters and heating elements that will allow the otters to stay at the zoo year-round.

 

The repair work at the exhibit has led to an increase of interest from visitors about when the fan favorites would return.

“All we have heard is ‘When are the otters coming back?’” Ms. Clark said. “We’re excited to see them.”

Ms. Lyndaker said the otters’ social nature has made them beloved by many visitors.

“They’ll come right up to the glass and look at kids, and look at them through the fence,” she said. “They’re always running around, splashing in their pool. They’re very interactive, very fun to watch.”

Thank-you YouTubeChannel Watertown Daily Times for the cute otter video.

 

The project cost about $35,000, after volunteer labor and donated materials cut about $10,000 from the cost of the renovations. Among the major donors noted by Ms. Clark was Carthage Savings and Loan, which contributed $25,000 to the project.

 

River otters have historically been found in all watersheds in New York, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The animals primarily eat fish, but have been known to also eat amphibians and crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates when available.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/otter-pair-returns-to-thompson-park-zoo-video-20160714

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubOJL0VdBeg

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFxmjJ1lksR2fqe-Z6zBeeA

 http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9355.html