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Potter Park Zoo Welcomes Three Otter Pups

June 4th, 2013

Potter Park Zoo is pleased to welcome the addition of three North American River Otter pups.

“The river otters are a favorite among both our guests and staff,” says Cynthia Wagner, curator at Potter Park Zoo. “We’re pleased to care for these otter pups, and are excited to have them on exhibit soon for the public to see.”

On the morning of February 19, Jilly the otter gave birth to a pup. Due to complications at birth, the pup, named Miles, is being hand-reared. His health improved drastically because of the quick action and continued care by Potter Park Zoo’s animal care staff. In late April, zoo officials opted to adopt two orphaned otter pups from Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana through the Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The siblings are named Bonnie and Clyde and were born in early February. The zookeepers and veterinary personnel at Potter Park are raising the three pups together.

“Miles marks the first otter pup ever to be born at Potter Park Zoo,” says Dr. Tara Harrison, veterinarian at Potter Park Zoo. “It worked out well to adopt Bonnie and Clyde shortly thereafter, because otters are social animals and like to have friends to learn with.”

The recent birth and adoption bring Potter Park Zoo’s otter population to five. Mike arrived in 2009 from Palm Beach Zoo in Florida, and in 2005, Jilly came to Potter Park from Oklahoma’s Tulsa Zoo. Bonnie and Clyde are treating Miles as their own sibling. All three are energetic, playful and learning how to swim. The otter pups are expected to be on exhibit this summer. For the most updated information, visit and connect with the zoo’s Facebook and Twitter streams.