Potter Park Zoo Welcomes Three Otter Pups

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There are three new North American River Otter pups at Potter Park Zoo.

On February 19 at Potter Park Zoo, Jilly the otter gave birth to a pup. The pup, named Miles, is being hand-reared by zoo caretakers due to complications suffered during the birth.

In April, the zoo adopted two orphaned otter pups from Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana, through the Species Survival Plan of the Asssociation of Zoos & Aquariums. The two new arrivals are named Bonnie and Clyde, and were also born in February. The zookeepers and personnel at Potter Park are raising the three pups together.

""Miles marks the first otter pup ever to be born at Potter Park Zoo," says Dr. Tara Harrison, veterinarian at Potter Park Zoo. "It worked out well to adopt Bonnie and Clyde shortly thereafter, because otters are social animals and like to have friends to learn with."

The new birth and adoptions bring the Potter Park Zoo's otter population to five. The three pups are playing and learning to swim. Zoo officials hope to have the otter pups on exhibit this summer.

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