Otterly Cute: Otter Pups Born in Santa Barbara

A trio of Asian small-clawed otter babies arrived to first-time parents Gail and Peeta on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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The coo-able trio may make their Santa Barbara Zoo debut around the middle of December, but the date is still TBD. The pups have to grow teeth, in order to eat solid food, and they need to be "...old enough to safely swim."
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The coo-able trio may possibly make their Santa Barbara Zoo debut around the middle of December, but the date is still TBD. The pups have to grow teeth, in order to eat solid food, and they need to be "...old enough to safely swim."
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The babies were all born in Gail's nesting box. Peeta, the pups' papa, was there in the box, too, at the birth. "Animal Care staff had recently confirmed Gail was pregnant and estimated that she was due any day," revealed a zoo representative. "The parents didn't come out to greet us and then we heard squeaks," said the Zoo's Curator of Mammals Michele Green. "That's how we knew Gail had given birth."
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There are two females and one male in this sweet brood, and the zoo reports that Gail and Peeta are "showing excellent parentings skills." Stay tuned for when the youngsters will make their official and anticipated Santa Barbara Zoo debut. Want to give some love to these furry tykes? Call the zoo about its Foster Feeder program, which "...supports the cost of feeding the growing otter family."
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