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Spotted-neck otter pups born at the Toledo Zoo

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Source: Toledo Zoo/Mary Beth McConnell Source: Toledo Zoo/Mary Beth McConnell

TOLEDO, Ohio — Twin spotted-necked otter pups were born on Jan. 21 at the Toledo Zoo. Their genders are currently unknown, as the Zoo's animal care staff allows them to bond fully with their mother before they are handled. The pups will remain off exhibit until later this spring, when they are able to swim in the deeper water of their public exhibit.

According to a news release from the Toledo Zoo, nationwide, only eight North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums exhibit spotted-necked otters. This is only the second litter of spotted-necked otters in the last five years among participating zoos; the first litter was also born at the Toledo Zoo.

Spotted-necked otters are a relatively new species for the Toledo Zoo. The pups' parents arrived in late spring, 2012, for the opening of Tembo Trail.

For more information, visit The Toledo Zoo.

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