Otter pups get wellness checks at Woodland Park Zoo

Otter pups get wellness checks at Woodland Park Zoo

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Otter pups get wellness checks at Woodland Park Zoo

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 13 at 11:30 AM

Four otter pups recently received their first wellness exams and a clean bills of health from the animal health team at Woodland Park Zoo.

The Asian small-clawed otter pups were born June 11 to 8-year-old father Guntur and 4-year-old mother Teratai. All four are male and range in weight from 1.2 to 1.4 pounds.

The pups have been living off-view in the otter den with their parents, but they will soon be introduced to the Bamboo Forest Reserve outdoor exhibit once they pass a swimming test.

The pups spend most of the time eating, playing and sleeping. Their parents just began to share food with the pups, but they continue to nurse and will begin the weaning process around late August. Their solid diet consists of chopped smelt, capelin and soaked cat food.
 

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