Otter at Miller Park Zoo gives birth
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[March 22, 2014]
Miller Park Zoo's pair of North American river otters, Tallulah and
Ozzie, are the parents of three female pups born at the facility on
The birth of the otter pups is a first for Miller Park Zoo and a
rarity in general. North American river otters rarely reproduce in
zoos and aquariums, averaging only three litters a year total across
110 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums. A typical litter is three pups but can be anywhere from
one to five.
Right now, the pups are spending time with mom,
Tallulah, and will be introduced to dad, Ozzie, once they are about
3 months old. This is the first litter for both Tallulah and Ozzie.
"We're very excited to announce the birth of these otter pups,"
said Jay Tetzloff, Miller Park Zoo superintendent. "We're all
looking forward to watching them grow up."
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The otter pups can be seen with their mother via a video monitor
in the zoo's veterinary hospital room. They are anticipated to go on
exhibit sometime in April, once they develop further and learn to
The opportunity to name the pups will be auctioned off at Zoo Do
A new river otter exhibit is in Phase I of the zoo's master plan.
The Miller Park Zoological Society is currently fundraising for
implementation of the plan.
Miller Park Zoo
news release received from
Bloomington Parks & Recreation]