Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications
|Flashback to last year: Mama Valkyrie is surrounded by her four pups, Tucker, Nooksack, Piper and Tahu. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
We’re coming up on a milestone for our four youngest North American River otters. Almost one year ago, on March 16th 2019, our resident female, Valkyrie, gave birth to her very first litter of pups—two males and two females. Tucker, Nooksack, Piper and Tahu are nearly full grown now and almost ready for their next adventure.
|Happy birthday, baby! Throwback to one year ago when the N. American River otter pups had their first wellness exam. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
|Otterly delightful! The group got along swimmingly, as seen here last August. Photo: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo|
|A splish-splash flashback from last year! Curious otter pups explored in and out of the water. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
|A swirl of energy while the pups learnt to fish. Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.|
|It seems like just yesterday that the pups were taking their first dip into the stream. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.|
|Awwww... the river otter pups were all snuggles at a few weeks old. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.|
|Hello! Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.|
River otters depend on clean and healthy waterways to thrive in the Pacific Northwest. You can play a big part in keeping our water clean for otters and all the critters in our community by doing these three things:
- Reduce or eliminate lawn and garden chemicals. This keeps plants healthy naturally as well as protecting habitat, including water in our local streams, rivers and lakes. Visit SavingWater.org for tips on becoming pesticide free.
- Go plastic free for 3 months! Single-use plastic bottles are highly resource intensive to produce, transport and refrigerate. Their disposal has a direct impact on wildlife and habitats, threatening the well-being of animals and disrupting ecosystems. (If you make it three months, you can do it forever, right?)
- Organize or join a beach clean up on the Puget Sound or your local wetlands, you'd be surprised how many pieces of trash you'll find in our beautiful waterways. Just make sure you aren't disturbing wildlife while you work. For resources, check out: https://pugetsoundkeeper.org/cleanups/ for ideas!