Newquay Zoo has welcomed five young otter pups who have made their first public appearance at the charity zoo.
The Asian short-clawed otter is one of the most vocal species of otter, known to use up to 14 different sounds. Guests often hear them before they see them. The smallest species of otter, the Asian short clawed otter is classed as Vulnerable, and is under threat in the wild from habitat destruction.
Born 24 May, the five pups have been kept hidden by the parents until they were big enough to venture outside.
‘This very cute and noisy litter of otters is part of a European breeding programme,’ says head keeper Dave Rich. ‘Our otters have had lots of pups – they’re not only contributing to the wider population but also acting as a great flagship species, raising awareness of habitat destruction and land use in Asia.’