Two North American River otter pups make their debut at the Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) - For the second time in two years, the Detroit Zoo is celebrating the birth of two male North American river otters. The pups were born April 2 to mother "Whisker" and father "Lucious." The pups are now making their debut.

They are yet to be named, but can be seen showing off their new found aquatic skills at the Detroit Zoo's Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat.

The otter habitat at the zoo features a 5,900-gallon pool with a waterfall and waterslide. It is designed so that small children can view the otters at eye level as they swim.

At around two months, the young ones get their first swimming lesson when their mother pushes them into the water. Otters are natural swimmers and, with maternal supervision, the pups quickly catch on.

“Whisker is an experienced and attentive mother, guiding her pups through many new experiences – the most important of which is to encourage and reassure them as they strengthen their swimming abilities,” said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals Elizabeth Arbaugh. 

Detroit Zoo hours:

April 1 - Labor Day
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
(Wednesdays in July and August
until 8 p.m).

Day after Labor Day - October 31
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

November 1 - March 31
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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