Closer look at Buffalo Zoo’s new river otter pups

Courtesy: Melissa King

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Rascal the river otter didn’t waste any time after coming to the Buffalo Zoo last year from the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, New York.

Earlier this month, he became the father of two litters of pups born to sisters, Daisy and Ellie.

Lynn Hougle, the zoo’s river otter keeper, said, “They’re insanely cute; probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. They’re really tiny.”

They’re tiny and mostly helpless. Until their eyes open they must keep close to their moms, huddled up in a small den and out of the public eye.

Hougle explained, “Our moms are being really good first-time moms. They are keeping close to their den and being protective of their pups so we haven’t even actually seen them in person all that much. We are just letting them do their thing.”

For now, Rascal gets the otter creek exhibit to himself, but zookeepers will be sharing updates with the public on the pups progress through their Facebook page.

“Every time we see them or hear them they make these little chirps and they sound like sparrows. There’s a lot of giddiness in the otter creek exhibit right now,” said Hougle. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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