A trio of otter pups was recently welcomed at the San Antonio Zoo by mother, Ague, and father, Charlie. In an interview with My San Antonio, zoo spokesman, Mason Rodriguez, explained that the pups were born November 17, 2016, to the zoo’s only otters, who are both eight years in age.
And Then There Were 3: Otter Pups Born at SA Zoo
They’re Presently Doing Just Fine
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In a press statement, the San Antonio Zoo noted: “Mom (Ague) spends a lot of time eating so she can provide nutrition for the pups as they nurse. The father (Charlie) is a great protector and he likes to build a new cozy bed every day out of the hay and bedding that we give them so that the mom and pups have a comfortable, safe place to stay.”
Under a Watchful Eye
Tracking growth and daily weights, as well as keeping a protective eye on the new additions, the zoo’s animal care staff have noted that the pups are currently nursing and will soon be eating fish (an otter’s favorite food). They will also have balanced chow, shrimp, and clams introduced into their diet as they grow, for more enrichment.
Growth & Development Prior to Public Viewing
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Rodriguez has said the pups’ noses/nostrils will open in the coming weeks, and they will also grow a thicker fur coat. This is the third litter for Ague and Charlie, and there has yet to be an announcement as to when the pups will be ready for public viewing.