Four new members of the world’s smallest otter species, the Asian small-clawed otter, have made their public debut at the Perth Zoo in Western Australia. The pups were born on December 27 and just had their first medical checkup…. possibly the cutest medical checkup ever performed. ^_^
The vets identified two females and two males weighing around a pound each. Asian Small-clawed Otters weigh only around eight pounds when fully grown. At this age, the parents carry the pups out of the nest box and into the pool for swim training, and then carry them back inside again.
The tiny pups are part of an Australasian breeding program to help protect the species since it is threatened in the wild. The otters at Perth Zoo have now had sixteen otter pups: four litters in the past two years. These latest pups are the third litter for parents Asia and Tuan.
No word yet on name choices for the pups, but if I find out, I’ll let you know.
Happy Ottersday :#)
Photos courtesy of Perth Zoo