Let us now praise the small fry of small otters. Meet Monty, an Asian small-clawed otter, born over the summer at the Bronx Zoo and newly on display at the zoo’s Jungle World exhibit.
According to the zookeepers, Monty enjoys swimming lessons with his mother, Jasmine, and fish treats supplied by his dad, Gyan.
Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest of the earth’s 13 otter species. They live in streams and mangrove swamps in Southeast Asia and India; they have unusually dexterous webbed paws, which they use to grab frogs, crabs and the like.
In the wild, small-clawed otters are considered vulnerable, because of habitat destruction, hunting and pollution.
Here is a video of young Monty, all wide eyes and slicked-back fur, learning the ropes from his parents. Check out the part at about 1:01 where he wrestles with a leaf.