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Melbourne Zoo Is Live-Streaming Its Adorable Small-Clawed Otters 24/7

Spend your day watching four otter pups sleep and play fight as part of the venue's 'Animals at Home' portal.
By Sarah Ward and Samantha Teague
September 19, 2020
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Melbourne Zoo Is Live-Streaming Its Adorable Small-Clawed Otters 24/7

Spend your day watching four otter pups sleep and play fight as part of the venue's 'Animals at Home' portal.
By Sarah Ward and Samantha Teague
September 19, 2020
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Whether you're in lockdown, working from home or just social distancing in general, your day could always do with a few more cute animals. And, if you didn't realise this before the pandemic, you definitely will have over the past few months: the internet is always happy to oblige.

Earlier in the year, Melbourne's zoos started live-streaming their penguins, leopard cubs and giraffes, while Sydney's aquarium brought us playtime with Pig the dugong, the Wild Life zoo opted for cuddles with quokkas and Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opted for a non-stop look at one of Australia's cutest native marsupials. The list of animal-focused streams has grown over the course of 2020, including Melbourne Aquarium's own series of meditation and relaxation videos. And now, also from Melbourne, a den of small-clawed otters are getting in on the fun.

In the latest webcam setup at Melbourne Zoo, a lens has been trained on the site's four Asian small-clawed otter pups. They were born in February this year to otter parents Paula and Odie, who became the first of their species to breed at the Victorian site since back in 2011. And, whether they're sleeping or playfully fighting — a type of behaviour that helps them bond — these little critters are immensely adorable.

The otter webcam joins Melbourne Zoo's Animals at Home portal, where you can also peer at the aforementioned penguins, snow leopard cubs and giraffes — and lions, too.

As the otter live-stream runs all day, every day, we can't promise this won't put a slight dent in your usual plans — and, on weekdays, your productivity — but we can promise that it'll help brighten up your day every so slightly.

Check out Melbourne Zoo's Animals at Home portal via its website.

Images: Zoos Victoria

Published on September 19, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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