At the Aquarium of the Bay, in San Francisco, California, keepers added one thousand(!) pounds of snow to their river otter habitat, and the results are awesome, adorable, and hilarious! The Aquarium’s three resident river otters, Shasta, Baxter, and Ryer, are having the time of their lives in this winter wonderland.
At the Benderdinker Kayak/Canoe Paddle and Food Festival, in Augusta, Georgia, one patron found an injured baby river otter, and decided to do something about it. He notified Benderdinker founder, Kristina Williams, and her husband rescued the otter and began to rehab him, and contacted Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR suggested taking him to Highland Animal Hospital in Augusta, where he is now getting proper medical care. His injuries are believed to be caused by the talons of a local raptor.
Williams said she named the baby otter “Dinker” in honor of the festival.
Things don’t get much cuter than a baby otter swimming. The Dallas Zoo’s small-clawed otter pup, Tasanee, has been getting some swimming lessons from her mom, Daphne.
“Even a baby otter has to learn to swim. Our Asian small-clawed otter pup, Tasanee, plays with toys and a hose in a large tub in her indoor habitat, chirping all the while. Her mom, Daphne, teaches her to be sure the little one can navigate the deeper pool in the outdoor habitat.”
An otter at the Tennessee Aquarium has been named “Benny,” after actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The likeness is truly undeniable, and this is quite possibly, the cutest thing, I have ever seen. ^_^
The Chattanooga aquarium made the otter-Cumberbatch connection official, after their Facebook invitation to name seven otters resulted in an overwhelming popular vote for Benedict. The Chattanooga outfit asked Facebook for possible names for the critter, who lives in their new River Otter Falls habitat, and several commenters instantly suggested Benedict, for reasons that will be obvious to anyone who’s spent time watching Sherlock and geek-outing in the Tumblrs of the interwebs.
Needless to say, the aquarium quickly made it official. Benny has been living at the aquarium for several months now, enjoying the limelight with his adorable otter family.
These three North American River Otter Pups, all male, were born in Brooklyn, NY, in February, and the triplets have just made their debut at Prospect Park Zoo, where they will help “educate people about the importance of keeping local waters and ecosystems in good health.”
The zoo breeds these otters as part of the Species Survival Program, and have created a naturalistic representation of their natural habitat on their Discovery Trail, where you can now go visit them.
In what may be the cutest play date ever, Colorado’s Pueblo Zoo is offering the chance to interact with the zoo’s three adorable newborn otter pups.
The first two people who offer the zoo a $500 donation will be able to hold the tiny animals and help with their wellness checks, Pueblo Zoo spokeswoman Abigail Krause, director of marketing and communications at the Pueblo Zoo, said.
“It’s an opportunity for people to get an up close look at what happens with otters and at a zoo,” Krause said. ”The mother, Freyja, has been very trusting with the keeper, but the amount of time people can have contact with them right now is once a week.”
The pups, two females and one male, were born on March 3 and now weigh a little more than a pound each, Krause said.
She expects the pups, which also need to be named, will make their public debuts this summer.
New video from Oakland, California shows a river otter in San Francisco Bay. It’s one more sighting of the adored animal that for thirty years been essentially wiped out of the Bay Area ecosystem. A river otter made another appearance on Monday at the Richmond Marina, showing one more sign of a resurgence of the cute and playful animal.
This is Sutro Sam, San Francisco's first resident river otter in thirty years.
At the Oakland Zoo, the otter sighting was welcome news Tuesday.
“I’ve heard about them in Walnut Creek. They’re coming out everywhere,” said Senior Otter Keeper at the Oakland Zoo, Andrea Dougall, “it’s great news for our environment, for our water, it means fish is returning, the fish is healthy and living longer. It means the otters are coming around and looking for more. Their numbers are increasing and they’re looking for places to go.”
Dougall, who also works with the River Otter Ecology Project, says that as recently as the nineties, there were no otters in the Bay Area at all because of water pollution and hunting. Recently, however, they’ve been spotted all over, in places like Lake Temescal and Lake Merritt in Oakland, the Sutro Baths in San Francisco, and in numerous locations in Marin.
“They’re doing better reproducing, you know, the pups are surviving longer, and they’re able to disperse to new areas, looking for new habitats,” said Dougall.
This is also Sutro Sam, named for the Sutro Baths he took up residence in.
Since they are being seen so often, and because they appear to be so playful, Dougall warns you should not see them as anything but cranky.
“They have very sharp teeth and they actually have the third strongest bite of any North American mammal,” said Dougall. “So, those things combined, not so good for people.”
Rice, who shot the Richmond video, told KTVU he saw the otter in the same spot again on Tuesday.