A baby short-clawed otter born at Drusilla's Park has ventured into the limelight for the first time.
The Asian short clawed otter has been spotted outside his nesting box in East Sussex after being closely guarded by his parents since he was born on 18th August.
Unlike many species of otter, Asian short-clawed otters are very social and like to live in large family groups. They are monogamous, staying with the same partner throughout their life.
Asian short-clawed otters are the smallest of the world’s thirteen different otter species, measuring just 65cm from head to tail when fully grown.
As their name suggests, they are native to Asia, where populations are declining due to hunting, habitat destruction and water pollution and they are now considered a vulnerable species in the wild.