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Otter brothers turn 1

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

When otters play tug-of-war, we all win. Photo by Stan Milkowski/Woodland Park Zoo.

In just one year’s time, our four little Asian small-clawed otter boys, Chancellor, Maxwell, Sherman and Thomas, went from being babies to being big brothers! The pups, named for the Seattle Seahawks Legion of Boom, were born June 11 last year, just in time for Father’s Day. Today we celebrate their first birthday with a look back at what they’ve learned and experienced in their first year.

They learned that fish is delicious…

Soooooo good! This photo was taken in August 2013 when the pups were two months old. Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.

…that the Seahawks rule…

These champion otters were named for the champion Seahawks' Legion of Boom. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

…that Dad can’t help but be overprotective sometimes…

When the pups were first learning to swim outdoors, dad had a habit of not letting them go! Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.

…and that they’re not the babies anymore! But there's much they can teach the newest little ones...

A family of Asian small-clawed otters is called a lodge, and in one year’s time, our lodge is getting pretty full! We've gone from two to 10, with the four brothers born last year and four more pups born this January. The family eats, sleeps and plays together, with the older boys helping out mom and dad by looking out for the littlest pups.

The lodge. Photo by Stan Milkowski/Woodland Park Zoo.

You can look out for these guys, too! Become a ZooParent and adopt an otter today. Not only will your gift help care for the otters and other animals at the zoo, but $5 will go directly to the zoo’s field conservation efforts that make our world a more wild place to live.