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Otter Family by Shadow-and-Flame-86 Otter Family by Shadow-and-Flame-86
Mum, Dad and this year's pup of the asian short clawed otter family at Ed. zoo. They also have two pups from last year's litter still with them out of frame.

Asian short clawed otters are unique among otters in that the offspring of one year stay on in the territory to look after the next generation. In other otter species, the pups of each year are driven away. This feature of their life history makes them a good and popular choice of otter species in zoos, which is good because they are threatened in the wild.

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Blue-eyed-Kelpie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwh it's been a couple years since I've been down to Edinburgh Zoo,but I remember these guys being some of the most entertaining animals there! Partly for the horrified looks on some wee kiddies faces as the cute little otters dismembered the dead fluffy chicks they were given for lunch.
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah that is hilarious!
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kaycemayce Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw. Its so cute. I want a otter as a pet.
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe they are cute but they make bad pets! They like to bite alot >.<
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kaycemayce Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i know they are so cute.but bite.thats the only thing i dont like about.
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insolitus-mundus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the sharpness of this photo and the utterly adorable pup! - sad to say that the female otter at the deer centre, Shika, died the other week of severe renal failure.
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh dear thats awful, very sorry to hear that I've spent quite a bit of time watching them at the deer center =(

was it something long standing that she was being treated for?
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insolitus-mundus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The otter left behind was crying out for her so they were in a hurry to find another, which they now have. Turns out Keisho, her 'mate', was also female - which explains the lack of pups - so they now have a new male otter for her.

As for the illness, she was rather slow and unhappy looking the day before so they booked her into the vets. The next day she was very, very sick - didn't come out of her halt and was shaking, possibly fitting and unable to move herself. When she got to the vets she was put down. She must have been ill for some time but hid it well as animals do.
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that is so sad... I've watched the deer center's otters many times and they were both such characters. I'm glad that the surviving female already has a companion.
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insolitus-mundus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a shame but now they can get a breeding program underway and they are hoping for pups next year. The new male, now called Olly, has settled in really well, the two have bonded and now follow each other everywhere.
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