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Giant Otters again bred suc­cess­fully in North Amer­i­can zoo

pub­lished 21 Decem­ber 2011 | mod­i­fied 23 Decem­ber 2011

For only the sec­ond time in his­tory, Giant River Otters have been suc­cess­fully bred at a North Amer­i­can zoo. The first to have a suc­cess­ful birth was Phi­lapdel­phia Zoo, in 2004.

Born Jan­u­ary 31st at Miami Zoo, there are two pups, one male and one female, each weigh­ing between 0.9 and 1.3 kg. While they might be small now, these pups will grow up to be truly giant species of otters.

Giant Otters are the longest of the world’s 13 otter species with males reach­ing a length of 1.8 meter and a weight of approx­i­mately 34 kg. They are found in iso­lated and remote areas within some fresh­wa­ter lakes, rivers, creeks, and reser­voirs of trop­i­cal South Amer­ica. Their num­bers have been dras­ti­cally reduced due to fur hunt­ing and habi­tat destruc­tion. In the wild they feed mainly on fish, but have also been known to eat caiman and snakes. They are highly social and can be found in fam­ily groups of 1020 ani­mals with a lifes­pan of approx­i­mately 12 years in the wild and up to 21 years in cap­tiv­ity. (Source: web­site Zooborns)

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