The budding romance we are introduced to in this video, between Dixie and Oggy, 2 river otters. has had a very happy ending.
Dixie gave birth to 3 river otter pups on Feb 25th under close supervision from the zoo keepers at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn.
The pups are now out and about ready to meet up and charm all willing New Yorkers. Mum and Dad are very cute as are all river otters but these 3 triplets are flat out adorable.
The Wildlife Conservatiomn Society runs the Prospect Park Zoo and Dixie’s and Oggy’s parenthood is all part of a Species Survival Program.
All Zoo participate in this program to support both the survival of species and to keep the numbers up of species that haven’t been wiped out.
These little pups, like all river otter pups, were born toothless and with closed eyes. Mom kept them in her den until they were sufficiently mature to venture out.
They start on solid food at 2-3 months and then Mom introduces them to water and they just start diving, playing and generally acting like happy youngsters anywhere.
The river otters in the Zoo have a habitat that is close to what they would have in the wild and it’s pretty clear this is a happy river otter family in what has been provided for them.
River otters, like lots of other species, were in real trouble in survival terms due to trapping, water poluution and habitat destruction.
But now hunting of them is regulated, water pollution has been cleared up and habitats restored. River otter numbers are improving all the time and this happy ottter family is helping to ensure we have these delightful animals around for a long time. Congratualtions Dixie and Oggy, job well done.