The National Zoo, which is mere feet away from Jaunted'sWashington DC offices, just put all 11 members of its otter family on exhibit. The clan of Asian small-clawed otters had been transported from Southern California to take up residence in the nation's capital, and the 9 pups are by all reports simply adorable. The Zoo has an extensive photo gallery confirming those reports and persuasively demonstrating that baby otters are indeed very small and very cute.
But what if you can't make it to Washington DC this summer but still want to see otter pups up close and personal? Or what if you can make it but don't want to because, like everybody else, you refuse to set foot in the city because DC's July and August are unlivable? You're in luck.
If you're on the West Coast, you can head over to the Oakland Zoo to see their three new otter pups, who should be going on exhibit any day now. The press release originally pegged their debut as "mid-May," also taking the opportunity to describe how "the babies are very vocal, especially the female." Cute, tiny, constantly squeaking otter pups. More pictures here.
In between the two coasts, the Pittsburgh Zoo has already put its own otter pup on exhibit. The baby was discovered orphaned in Alaska a few months ago and was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center. From there he was flown to Pittsburgh by FedEx (really) where keepers continued to raise him. We've embedded a video documenting his life and arrival in Pittsburgh below, because you're welcome. The pup is now on exhibit happily ottering with Pittsburgh's other otters, Alki and Chugach.