Otter pups to make debut in Henry Vilas Zoo habitat this week

Baby otter at Henry Vilas Zoo

MADISON, Wis. — A new litter of otter pups is now officially ready to take on their habitat at the Henry Vilas Zoo.

The otter pups, which were born Feb. 15, have finally passed their final swim test. That means they’re now cleared to explore the entirety of their habitat.

“The otter babies have hit all their growth milestones right on track,” said Zoo Manager Johanna Soto. “We had to make sure they are strong enough in the water to navigate both of the waterfalls in their outdoor space and they have proven that they are very skilled swimmers.”

There are two males and one female, and all three are named after Wisconsin rivers: Montello, Fisher and Lily. All three of them will be introduced to their dad, Dragonroll, in the coming weeks.

Zoo officials said the pups will likely be visible to the public from 9:30 a.m. til noon on most days.

The Henry Vilas Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.