A giant river otter was born in Asia in August and on Oct. 7, MSN reported that the zoo where the rare otter has been for the past couple of months has confirmed the exciting news. Why so exciting? The animals is the largest and rarest of its species. The baby otter has spent the past several weeks "bonding" with his mom. He will soon learn how to swim and will hopefully continue to thrive in his new home.
"Native to South American rivers, the otters can measure to 6 feet long and weigh 75 pounds when they’re full grown. The fierce predators are often referred to as 'river wolves,'" MSN reported.
The giant river otter wasn't exactly "giant" when he was born. Weighing just 3.5 pounds, the pup was quite the cute little thing. However, he won't stay small for very long. It's presumed that the River Safari in Singapore kept him a secret until he was a bit older to ensure that he was safe and healthy. A photo of the pup was released and it is really cute -- but don't be fooled. These guys are pretty serious hunters.
According to MSN, they hunt piranhas, anacondas, and caimans. Sadly, they are also hunted, but not by animals. Their fur is considered quite valuable to some people.
The giant river otter will live his life at the River Safari with his mom and dad.
© Effie Orfanides 2013