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Twin otter pups now on exhibit at Toledo Zoo

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The twin otter pups are now on exhibit with the rest of their family. (Courtesy of Toledo Zoo/Callie Dudek) The twin otter pups are now on exhibit with the rest of their family. (Courtesy of Toledo Zoo/Callie Dudek)
The pups are both males and were born back in January. (Courtesy of Toledo Zoo/Mary Beth McConnell) The pups are both males and were born back in January. (Courtesy of Toledo Zoo/Mary Beth McConnell)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A pair of twin male spotted-necked otter pups are now on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo with their parents and older sister.

The pups were born in January and have spent the winter with their parents in heated off-exhibit quarters.

Nationwide, only eight zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums exhibit spotted-necked otters. This is only the second litter of spotted-necked otters in the last five years among participating zoos; the first litter was also born at the Toledo Zoo in 2012. 

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 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 common or 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.

Visit the new otter family at the Toledo Zoo, where charming animal ambassadors like these are just one reason the zoo is rated second among the nation's zoos, and eighth among overall family attractions by FamilyFun magazine.

Mark your calendar for a return visit May 23-25, when Penguin Beach, ‘Keet Retreat, and Flamingo Key open!

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