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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.’


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