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Otter Adorableness (3 videos)

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Otters are cute, they’re adorable, and they love to swim, eventually.

There used to be millions of otters in North America. Our ancestors, the trappers and the traders, nearly wiped them out. More recently, just as the Bronx Zoo brought back the bison from very near extinction, so too have zoos helped to bring back the otters.

Thanks to a reintroduction program beginning in 1998 in Ohio, river otters were removed from the Ohio endangered species list in 2002. The Columbus Zoo has a Conservation Fund enabling researchers in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Peru to receive support in training young otter biologists, protecting habitat, and educating local populations about the important role otters play in wetland and coastal ecosystems.

Our first video shows three infant river otters who were born at the Columbus Zoo last March. They don’t learn to swim naturally, so the next video on page 2 shows their mother giving them lessons. The last video on page 3 shows the famous scenes of otters holding hands, featuring two otters at the Vancouver Aquarium who were rescued from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Otterly Adorable River Otters Born

Last March, three male sea otters were born at the Columbus Zoo, blind, toothless, helpless, and weighing five to six ounces. Don’t worry, that’s normal.

This short silent video gives you a chance to see some very tiny animals as they are being weighed and examined by solicitous zoo employees. Go on to page 2 to see what comes next.

Photo credit: How I See the World Around Me

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9:16AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Awesome, thank you.

9:15AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Awesome, thank you.

2:28AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

I have the biggest grin on my face! Thank you!!

9:27AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

They are adorable!

5:30PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

I love these guys!

11:54AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thank you! Being a swimming teacher for an otter puppy is a tough job. They are great! A little bit or pressure, not letting the puppy run away and teching in a way the puppy does not get a fright!!! Wonderful.

As a Finn I'm also happy otter is "lutra lutra" in latin as that sounds in my ears like plashing the water, playing with the water. I'm afraid the way english speaking people pronunce "lutra" is not as describing. Kisses to all otters! I've once been fortunate enough to see two otter live in the wild (in Finnish Lapland) and even though it was a short encounter it was quite an experience!

7:00PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

So cute!!!!!!!

12:57PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

so adorable! Thanks =)

1:27PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Elk Island in Alberta, Canada had a lot to do with saving the plains bison from near extinction. The baby otter is adorable!

5:38AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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