Four Asian Small-clawed Otter pups born at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo in January have finally taken their first steps outdoors – despite the protests of their overprotective dad, Guntur.
The four pups—three females and one male—have had only a few tiny adventures outdoors so far. Though the pups step outside their den for only a few minutes at a time, the good news is that dad seems to be getting more comfortable each time.
You first met the pups on ZooBorns a few weeks ago. Now two-and-a-half-months old, the Otter pups have a lot to learn about the world outside their den. Luckily they have their 4-year-old mom Teratai, 8-year-old dad Guntur, and four older brothers to show them the ropes. In these photos, you can see the pups getting help scaling walls, navigating waterways, and getting a friendly nuzzle on the neck.
Asian Small-clawed Otters are native to waterways in Southeast Asia. The smallest of the world’s Otter species, they weigh only about 11 pounds (5 kg) as adults. They feed on small crustaceans and mollusks. Due to habitat destruction, Asian Small-clawed Otters are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
See more photos of the Otter pups below.