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Otter pups now on exhibit at Toledo Zoo

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Twin Otter pups were born in the fall 2012 and are now on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo. (Photo Source: MaryBeth McConnell) Twin Otter pups were born in the fall 2012 and are now on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo. (Photo Source: MaryBeth McConnell)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A pair of twin spotted-necked otter pups is now on exhibit with their parents at the Toledo Zoo. The pups - one male and one female - were born in October 2012, and spent much of the winter growing and bonding with their parents in heated quarters off-exhibit at Tembo Trail.

Nationwide, only nine zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums exhibit spotted-necked otters. This is one of the only births in the last three to four years at these zoos.

Spotted-necked otters are a relatively new species for the Toledo Zoo. The pups' parents arrived in late spring 2012 for the opening of Tembo Trail.

In Africa, spotted-necked otters live in clean, unsilted freshwater habitats where prey (fish) is abundant. They rarely venture more than 30 feet from the water's edge. While their webbed paws make land travel look awkward, they are some of the strongest swimmers in the otter species.

African spotted-necked otters are fairly common in ideal habitat, but their populations are declining. Their biggest threat is loss of habitat through increased agricultural activity, as well as contamination of the waterways they depend upon for survival.

To see even more animals, mark your calendar for May 24-26, when Wild Walkabout brings the fascinating natural world of Australia to Toledo Zoo visitors. Don't miss Baru, the huge saltwater crocodile brought to Toledo, or the walk-through wallaby exhibit where you'll come closer to the gentle marsupials than you've ever been before.

Learn more about the Toledo Zoo and find updates about Wild Walkabout as opening weekend approaches.

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