PS: @nerdboy386 Zach - as a thank you for being a champion of nature, we'd like to give you a WWT membership! Please DM us your address :)— WWT (@WWTworldwide) November 16, 2015
|Calling for the keepers just before feeding time |
- Squeak is in the middle.
|Mum and Squeak have a cuddle.|
- They need to eat 20% of their body weight everyday!
- Only the dominant pair in a group will breed, any offspring that hang around will help to bring up the young.
- The pair bond for life and can have up to two broods a year with up to six babies in each
|Family feeding time - Squeak is at the back.|
- They have two layers of fur. The top one is the waterproof one but they also have an undercoat which is finer and dense. This traps air and keeps them warm and buoyant!
- Squeak is now six months old and weighs 1.9kg
- She is learning what skills she needs to be an otter by watching Mum and Dad.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
|Black swan cygnets all grown up|
It was nice to also see the Black Swan Cygnets, which we saw last time we visited, all grown up and looking like adults. It's such a lovely sight to see and I really like the contrast to the more common mute Swans. They are literally exactly the opposite, black with a red beak
You can find out more about Squeak at the Washington WWT website where she has her own webpage:
Welcome to the world of Little Squeak!
Hope you enjoyed,