Roger Williams Park Zoo announces birth of quadruplet river otters
Surprise! The Roger Williams Park Zoo family got a little bigger with the birth of four North American river otters – two girls, and two boys. Born to mom Mishi and dad Clyde, who passed away last April 2020, these quadruplet pups squeezed their way into our hearts with their arrival on February 1, 2021. Keepers have yet to decide on names for the pups.
Female North American river otters undergo a process known as delayed implantation. Fertilized otter eggs will stop developing for 8 to 10 months before implanting – usually during the late winter/early spring months. So, although Mishi and Clyde were last observed breeding nearly 11 months ago, keepers and vet care staff were only just able to confirm her pregnancy last month during an ultrasound exam.
Today at nearly two-weeks old, the zoo’s animal care staff continue to monitor the four babies, performing daily weigh-ins to check their overall healthy appearance and confirm they are steadily gaining weight. With this being her second litter, mom Mishi is a pro when it comes to caring and tending to her little ones.
Mom and babies are bonding behind-the-scenes and will remain off exhibit for several weeks. Until then, we encourage folks to follow the zoo on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the pup's progress.
Young North American river otters first open their eyes at one month of age, start walking at nearly six weeks and will begin learning to swim at just under eight weeks. We anticipate Mishi will have her paws full with these loveable pups!
Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.