Otter Learning to Swim With Mom's Help
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In January of this year, a North American river otter, Mo, was born at the Oregon Zoo. And he has been a star attraction ever since. The Oregon Zoo has kept the public posted on Mo's activities.The 2-month-old pup took his first swim recently in zoo waters.

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A river otter zoo pup is learning to swim with mom's help. Animals in general are a treat to watch but their babies are even more adorable. In January of this year, a North American river otter, Mo, was born at the Oregon Zoo. And he has been a star attraction ever since. The Oregon Zoo has kept the public posted on Mo's activities.The 2-month-old pup took his first swim recently in zoo waters. Needing a little help from his mother Tilly, she pushes her young son to the pond’s edge and grabs him at the base of the neck, abruptly plunging and dragging him underwater. Contrary to popular belief, swimming doesn’t come naturally to river otters, they have to be taught just like humans. A zookeeper states “It might look kind of scary to a casual observer. Baby otters are extremely buoyant, so Mo has built-in water wings for his swim lessons.” Not all baby animals get to spend time with their mothers like Mo.Earlier this year, a nearly 5-pound gorilla was born in Texas, however the birth mother rejected the infant. The Cincinnati Zoo took over, planning on utilizing human parents to train, nurture and socialize the baby gorilla.