Melbourne Zoo Livestreaming Otter-ly Adorable New Webcam
Melbourne Zoo has unveiled a brand-new and incredibly cute Otter live-stream webcam just in time for the school holidays
The Zoo's four gorgeous otter pups are now being streamed online at Zoos Victoria's “Animals at Home” page, giving animal lovers of all ages a chance to observe the super-cute quartet's playtime antics.
The three male and one female Asian small-clawed otter pups were born in February to first time otter parents Paula and Odie, who were the first of their species to breed at Melbourne Zoo since 2011.
Melbourne Zoo Wild Sea Life Sciences Manager Mark Ryan said Otter livestream viewers might even catch a glimpse of the pups learning to play fight with dad Odie.
"Otters are very curious, playful and quite cheeky animals," Mr Ryan said.
"The play you will see on camera is normal behaviour and quite common in otter groups and not dissimilar to the “rough play” most siblings would have. It’s also a bonding experience and helps with group cohesion.
"The livestream camera is situated in what we call the nest box. This is where the otters all come together to sleep. It's also where the otters were born."
The Zoos Victoria “Animals at Home” livestream can be viewed at www.zoo.org.au/animals-at-home
Asian small-clawed otters are the world’s smallest otters. They are classified as Vulnerable in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List.
Native to rainforests in several Asian countries, Asian small-clawed otters are threatened by poaching and habitat destruction to make way for housing and palm oil plantations.
Zoos Victoria’s ‘Don’t Palm Us Off’ campaign is calling for the clear labelling of palm oil on products sold in Australia so otter fans and all animal lovers can make informed choices at the supermarket.