River Otter Triplets Doing Just Swimmingly

Three river otter pups at the Oakland Zoo
Andrea Dougall, Oakland Zoo

At 3 months old, the Oakland Zoo’s trio of male river otters is thriving — in terms of both their health and their swimming skills.

In early May, the three each weighed about 4.5 pounds, thanks to mom Ginger’s off-exhibit care of her sons.

The babies are named Kohana (swift), Hinto (blue) and Shilah (brother).

"This is the third litter that Ginger has had here at Oakland Zoo, and she is a great mom, so we will be as hands-off as possible and let her do her job," said keeper Andrea Dougall.  

Now that the pups are strong-enough swimmers, they’re appearing daily in their exhibit.

One of the river otter pups at the Oakland Zoo
Andrea Dougall, Oakland Zoo
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