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4 new otter pups steal the show at Osaka amusement park

This recent photo shows the four otter pups born in February 2017. (Photo courtesy of Misaki Koen)

MISAKI, Osaka -- Four baby Asian small-clawed otters have become the main attraction following their debut at Misaki Koen amusement park here.

    The one male and three female pups were born on Feb. 7 this year, the first to be born at the park in the town of Misaki, Osaka Prefecture, in five years. They are being fed finely cut horse mackerel as they are being weaned from their mother. As of the end of April, the otters had a body length of 20 to 30 centimeters and weighed roughly 800 grams each.

    While keeping a careful watch over the condition of the pups, they are being shown from 4:30 p.m. on weekends and 3 p.m. on weekdays for roughly 10 minutes beside the facility's sea lion enclosure. Visitors can enjoy seeing them playing and swimming until May 31. After that, the facility plans to decide about future public viewing of the pups while accessing their condition.

    Viewing times for the otters are variable depending on their health and weather conditions. Admission to the park is 1,350 yen for junior high school students and above and 700 yen for children age 3 to elementary school. Seniors and university students are eligible for a 950 yen discount ticket. The park is closed on May 17 and 24, and inquiries about the otter pups can be made to Misaki Koen at 072-492-1005 (in Japanese).

    The four otter pups born in February 2017. (Photo courtesy of Misaki Koen)

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