The Calgary Zoo is celebrating its first successful otter litter.
On March 18, Charlotte, the zoo's 10-year-old river otter, gave birth to two pups. Zoo officials have not yet determined the pups' gender.
"The pups are thriving and we have observed them nursing," said Jamie Dorgan, general curator of the Calgary Zoo. "Charlotte is doing everything that a new mom should."
Charlotte and her little ones are living in the den in the zoo's river otter enclosure and are expected to remain there for the next month.
"That's what we expect, it's completely up to mom to decide when she's comfortable," Dorgan said. "Normally the very earliest with this species would be around 30 days but normally it's 45 to 60 days."
"When she decides they're able to move around well, their eyes are open and they're ready to experience a little more of the world, she'll say 'Let's go' and take them out...and soon after she'll start teaching them how to swim."
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