Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Bad pun resisted... Otters at Palm Cove

It had been a couple of years since I had been to the zoo at Palm Cove, and there a few notable changes. The red panda has apparently been sent off to breed, and a binturong now resides in that exhibit. A pair of small Komodo dragons are also on display - that's small by komodo dragon standards, they're still very large by monitor lizard standards.

The highlight for me was the Asian small-clawed otters. On first viewing the two otters were happily dozing in a log, though one did come out for a brief wander. Dropping by a little later we found one of them highly active and vocal, letting out a "meh!" sound that struck me as a contact call. My mother and I were able to mimic the call, and the otter definitely responded as it made regular laps of its pool before coming to the side of the enclosure, giving us a look over, and calling out to us.

Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea) - cute to the eye but not the nose

I'm not sure how long the otters have been at the zoo. At the moment they're in a ground level display previously used for lizards and freshwater turtles. It would be nice if the zoo would create a better display for them, lifting them up a bit and also including underwater viewing.

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