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Newborn Giant Otters

Newborn Giant Otters
Blackduiker, 24 Mar 2012
    • PAT
      How big would you estimate a three day old giant otter to be? I imagine they could be quite big.
    • IanRRobinson
      Lovely to see these spectacular animals building up their numbers in zoos.
    • DavidBrown
      Yes, it really is, isn't it?

      I wonder why it is only now that this species is spreading in zoos, given its charisma, size, and endangered status? Maybe more institutions feel like the husbandry knowledge has advanced far enough to justify keeping them?

      Hopefully the LA Zoo's new exhibit will be a great home for the species.
    • Blackduiker

      On viewing them yesterday, I'd say about the size of a common rat.
    • PAT
      Thank for that. I would love to be able to see baby giant otters one day. You're so lucky :)
    • Blackduiker
      This latest litter was totally unexpected for me.
    • mstickmanp
      This is also unexpected for me! Although I haven't seen the adults on exhibit for some time, so maybe this is the reason why.
    • Saro
      It is really too bad that LA has to handrear these cubs again. Much better conditions at other zoos - especially in Europe - make this unnessecary. Parents now regularly rear their cubs successfully, also in the presenece of older siblings (they learn most valuable parenting skills !)
      Generaly, giant otters are becoming more common in zoos, because more and more follow the International Studbooks husbandry guidelines !
    • coffeecake
      There were five in the litter. Two males are with the mother off exhibit.
    • Zoogoer2000
      Well atleast some progress has been made and she is taking part in the rearing for some, this is a good indication for the future
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