Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces baby otters, porcupine in The RainForest
There has been a lot of recent excitement in the Cleveland Metroparks Rain Forest. A litter of three Asian small-clawed otter pups were recently born as well as a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine.
On August 10, 2013, the otter pups (whose genders are as yet not determined) were born to parents Dep (mom) and Brownie (dad) who are celebrating their first litter. Otter pups are among a variety of animals that are born with their eyes closed thus it takes them a few weeks to develop any real mobility. The three are quickly getting larger and stronger as time goes on and will soon join their parents in their exhibit on the second floor of the RainForest. The new family will be rotated on and off with the other group of otters, Emmet and Tali (males) and Nubbins (female).
“We’re very pleased to see the otter pups developing and bonding well with mom and dad,” said General Curator Andi Kornak. “The Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan for this animal, so new additions to the managed nationwide population are always a good thing.”
On the other hand, the prehensile-tailed porcupine baby was born with claws formed and eyes opened with the quills hardening in just a week’s time. He was born to Emma (mom) and Wilbur (dad) on August 28, 2013. The Animal Care staff has been bottle feeding the little porcupine in order to supplement his natural nursing. He is already on exhibit on the second floor of the RainForest.
Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township enjoy free Zoo admission on Mondays. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visitclemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.