Giant otter pups born at Zoo Miami


A new litter of highly endangered giant otters have been born at Zoo Miami.

The two male pups, who arrived on Dec. 19, have been kept in a secluded den with their parents, Kara and Witoto.

This is the fifth successful litter produced by this pair at Zoo Miami.

At nearly 5-weeks-old pups will not be placed on exhibit for several weeks, according to Ron Magill, the zoo’s communications director.

Although they are now only about two-feet-long and weigh approximately four pounds, the baby otters may grow to be nearly 6-feet-long and weigh close to 75 pounds as adults.

Commonly called river wolves in their native habitat, giant otters are found in isolated and remote areas near fresh water lakes, rivers, creeks and reservoirs in South America.

The otters are not the only babies at the zoo.

A lion cub born at the zoo on Dec. 15 remains stable and zoo officials are hopeful he will make it. The male cub remains with its mother and is supplemented three times a day with special milk in a bottle by zoo staff.

The cub, the only one to survive in the litter of three, has faced several challenges since its birth ranging from dehydration to bacterial infections but has managed to pull through each time, Magill said.

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