River Otter Triplets Born at Binghamton Zoo

Published 03/18 2014 04:41PM

Updated 03/18 2014 05:25PM

The population of the Ross Park Zoo just grew by three. River otter triplets were born on March 1st.

The birth was a surprise to zookeepers and is the second litter from parents Leroy and Elaine. The father and mother are currently on loan from other zoos as part of the species survival program for the endangered river otter which is native to our area.

The otter exhibit, with its above and below water viewing areas, is already one of the more popular spots in the zoo.

"The almost whimsical playfulness of the pair, and now with 3 young ones that will be growing up with Mom and hopefully eventually Dad, it's going to be a lively exhibit. From them sliding around to doing all kinds of underwater acrobatics, it's probably going to be one of our more popular exhibits this season," said director Steve Contento.

Zookeepers think there are two males and a female although they're not certain.

The zoo is holding a naming contest for the little river otters. You can go to its Facebook page to suggest names.

The prolonged winter makes setting an opening day for the zoo difficult, but there will be some special event weekends in April. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates.

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