Five baby otters, each weighing just 500 grams, have been given their first ‘swimming lessons’ at Chester Zoo.
And keepers are asking the public to help name them!
The quintet have stayed snuggled up in their den with parents since birth, but now the bunch finally developed the confidence to venture outside for the very 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. Asian short-clawed otters are the world’s smallest species of otter, and the new born pups currently weigh around just 500 grams.