Feeling ‘Ott ‘Ott ‘Ott!
An otter-ly adorable Melbourne Zoo duo have adopted a novel approach to keeping cool at the Zoo this week.
Odie and Paula, the male and female Asian small-clawed otters, have been ducking and diving to retrieve icy yabby treats from their pool at the Zoo.
As well as being a firm foody favourite with the otters, the icy snacks also provided a learning experience for the pair, challenging them to tug the fishy treats out from the ice.
Famous for their insatiable appetites, the Asian small-clawed otter couple were undoubtedly up to the task set to them by their keepers!
Asian small-clawed otters are native to South-East Asia and are the smallest of the world’s 13 sub-species of otters. They are classified as vulnerable in the wild, with human threats such as poaching and habitat destruction to make way for residential developments and tea, coffee and palm oil plantations all contributing to the worrying decline of their population.
Zoos Victoria’s ‘Don’t Palm Us Off’ initiative aims to raise awareness about unsustainable palm oil production in the habitat of the Asian small-clawed otter and advocates for the clear labelling of palm oil on products sold in Australia. A change in labelling would enable consumers to make informed choices and help to prevent further destruction of natural habitats. Anyone can make a difference by pledging their support via Zoos Victoria’s website.
Zoo members and visitors can see Asian small-clawed otters Paula and Odie up close at Melbourne Zoo from 9am-5pm, seven days a week.