The Denver Zoo in Colorado is expanding its family and has shared news of its newest member.

A Facebook post by the Denver Zoo has announced the birth of a healthy and strong male Asian Small-Clawed Otter pup to proud first-time parents Pintar and Bu on July 1, 2022.

99.9 KEKB - Grand Junction's Favorite Country logo
Get our free mobile app

Otter Pup Mania at the Denver Zoo

While I'm sure everyone is anxious to see the new otter pup at the Denver Zoo, the new pup and his parents will be ducking the public for the next few weeks until the pup can open his eyes.

However, guests can take a peek at the otter pup when visiting the Denver Zoo by watching the Otter Den Box Cam, which is set up in their habitat in El Pomar Foundation Village Hall, located in Toyota Elephant Passage.

Dad, Pintar, is thrilled to welcome his first son and is diving into his new responsibilities. Typically male Asian Small-Clawed Otters help build the nest burrow and provide food after the pups are born.

Pintar is reportedly already bringing back shrimp for the otter pup. Like many first-time dads, Pintar is getting a bit ahead of himself because the otter pup is not yet ready for solid foods.

All About Asian Small-Clawed Otters

According to the Denver Zoo, otter pups spend their first few weeks nursing every 3 to 4 hours. At birth, Asian Small-Clawed Otters only weigh about two ounces. Otter pups are typically weaned at around 14 weeks and can start eating solid food after 80 days.

We can most likely expect the new otter pup to start swimming at about 3 months and he will most likely reach adult size, approximately 6 to 12 pounds, at about 6 months.

Babies always grow up so fast, right?

Adorable Colorado Animal Mothers with their Babies

Check out the motherly love going on in these photos captured from around Colorado.

Classic Western Colorado Photos Found in a Box - Animals

Here's a short gallery featuring Robert Grant photos of Western Colorado animals. Photos were taken between the late 1940s and the late 1970s.

Grand Junction Colorado Animals - Robert Grant Photos

Here's another gallery of Robert Grant photos from Grand Junction, Colorado's past. With this gallery, the focus is on animals - domesticated to wildlife, and everything in between. These images range from the 1950s to the 1970s.

More From 99.9 KEKB - Grand Junction's Favorite Country