Oscar, a 4-month-old Asian small-clawed otter pup, was introduced to the public Thursday at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
The pup went on display with his parents, 8-year-old mom Ambika and 6-year-old dad Tong, in the Lied Jungle.
He couldn't be put on display right away because his parents had to teach him how to swim after his eyes finally opened, said Christie Eddie, curator of small mammals.
Born Feb. 21, Oscar is the first Asian small-clawed otter to be born at Omaha's zoo in the 20 years the species has been exhibited. There are now 183 of the otters residing in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions in North America.
Eddie said this species of otter is smaller and less aquatic than others, spending a lot more time on land. In the wild, they are found in southeastern Asia, from India up to the Philippines and southern China, near freshwater swamps, rice fields, lakes and streams.
Their diet at the Omaha zoo consists of small fish such as smelt and capelin, and canned cat food. They are very social animals, Eddie said, and often can be found in large family groups.
The zoo is crawling with baby animals: A sea lion pup born June 3 is now on display at the zoo. A contest to name the pup ends Sunday.