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From the National Zoo:

“American Trail keepers celebrated the arrival of three North American river otter pups — two males and one female — Jan. 21. Born to first-time parents 2-year-old mother Ashkii and 2-year-old father Emmett, the pups are the first litter of North American river otters born at the Zoo in its 129-year history. Ashkii gave birth in an off-exhibit den, and keepers report that they have observed her tending to and nursing her offspring.

The pups have steadily gained weight over the past week, and animal care staff are cautiously optimistic that they will thrive. Ashkii and her pups will remain behind the scenes for approximately two months while they bond and learn how to swim. Keepers anticipate the pups will go on exhibit in mid-to-late March. In the meantime, Zoo visitors will be able to see Emmett on American Trail. North American river otters are considered least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.”

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