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Swimming lesson for zoo’s otter pups as they leave den for first time

CREDIT: Chester Zoo Five otter pups have been given their first ‘swimming lessons’ at Chester Zoo. After staying snuggled up in their holts with parents Annie and Wallace for a number of weeks since birth, the adorable quintet finally developed the confidence to venture outside for the first time. Led by mum Annie, the unnamed pups – three girls and two boys – began to dip their tiny toes in their pool and splashed around the water’s edge. Otter experts at the zoo say the pups all still sport their baby fur which is not yet fully waterproofed, but the new arrivals will soon build up the courage to fully submerge themselves in water.

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