Otter pups make squeaky debut at Newquay Zoo
Published: 29th Aug 2018Five otter pups have made their first public appearance
Newquay Zoo’s five young otter pups have made their first public appearance at the charity zoo. They were spotted recently on an outing with Mum Jameela and Dad Topan in their enclosure in the Oriental Garden at the zoo.
The pups communicate with their extended family group using high-pitched squeaks. The Asian short-clawed otter is one of the most vocal species of otter, known to use up to 14 different sounds. Guests often hear them before they see them. The smallest species of otter, the Asian short clawed otter is classed as Vulnerable, and is under threat in the wild from habitat destruction.
Born on 24th May, the five pups have been kept hidden by the parents until they were big enough to venture outside. The youngsters are finding the big wide world very exciting, with toys to play with and a flowing stream in their enclosure – and are not above pinching food from the adults!
Head Keeper Dave Rich said: “This very cute and noisy litter of otters is part of a European breeding programme. As such, the pups will eventually go their separate ways to further the captive population. Our otters have had lots of pups – they’re not only contributing to the wider population but also acting as a great flagship species, raising awareness of habitat destruction and land use in Asia.
“They will stay here until we receive recommendations for new homes, at which point they will start another adventure at a different zoo somewhere across Europe.”
Visitors can spot the pups and their parents playing in the water in their enclosure near the Oriental Garden. Newquay Zoo Environmental Park is a registered charity. For more information go to www.newquayzoo.org.uk or ring 01637 873342.