Rescued otter pups in good health: zoo
Central News Agency
2014-04-11 11:20 PM
Taipei, April 11 (CNA) Two otter pups rescued in outlying Kinmen County 10 days ago and now being cared for at the Taipei Zoo are in good condition, zoo officials said Friday.

The pups, found abandoned in Kinmen on April 1, have quickly adapted to their new environment and become stronger, according to the zoo.

Two groups of keepers are taking turns caring for the pups, which are being fed on milk formula six times a day, the zoo said. The pups are now drinking up to 140 milliliters of milk formula per day compared with around 50 milliliters a day during their first few days at the zoo, and they are quickly gaining weight.

The bigger otter has gained 140 grams and now weighs 600 grams, while the smaller animal has put on 50 grams to reach 480 grams. The zoo has not yet decided whether to keep the otters in captivity after their health stabilizes. The pups, both male and about one-month old, were found near a pond in Kinmen, where their den had apparently been damaged by humans, the zoo said. The pups were sent to the zoo on April 2 by the Kinmen National Park administration as their mother was nowhere to be found. Identified as European otters, the animals are extremely rare in Taiwan and its outlying islands, and none have been seen on Taiwan proper in the past 30 years. (By Huang Li-yun and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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