Sunday, July 7, 2013

Asian Small-Clawed Otters at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

On June 11, 2013, four pups were born to the new pair of Asian small-clawed otters at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. The 8 year old male and 4 year old female are first time parents.

^ This is borrowed video! This video is embedded from YouTube, Produced by Ryan Hawk, posted June 20, 2013.

Asian small-clawed otters have been listed on the "vulnerable" list since 2008, with population estimates generally thought to be at 5,000 or fewer. The greatest threat to this species is poaching and water quality degradation (pollution).

The pups will have to pass their "swim test" before they are released with their parents into their new enclosure at Woodland Park Zoo.

More information about Asian small-clawed otters is available at OtterQuest!