July 5, 2011 -- Cute, cuddly, and the smallest of all otter species when fully grown, six Asian small-clawed otter pups were born at the Santa Barbara Zoo on May 20, 2011.
Split evenly with three males and three female pups, this litter is the second for the zoo's breeding pair, Jillian and Bob. Their first litter of five pups, born last year, was also the first litter to be born at the zoo in more than 20 years.
Otter pups are born with their eyes closed and don't open them until about 20 days after birth. In the wild, pups generally remain in their parents' den until they can swim and eat solid food.