The three Asian small-clawed otter pups that were introduced at the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom on January 18 now have names! The triplets have very unique personalities that have contributed to their names.
Raakshas is a Hindi word meaning monster. This young male’s favorite pastimes include exploring his enrichment and food with his mouth (unlike his siblings who use their paws) and pouncing on his brother and sister. In the video below you can see him playing and pouncing with his dad, Luke.
Pintar is Indonesian for smart or clever. The second male was the first one to discover that if he moved away from his siblings he could catch more fish with less competition. The Care team expects great things from this smart boy.
Pitakee Pyaaree (or Pitakee for short) is Hindi for daddy’s girl. Like her father, she was the least enthusiastic about learning to swim. Luke would pull the pups out of the water while Nitnoy (mom) was teaching them to swim. Once she was big enough, Pitakee followed her father¹s example by attempting to pull her brothers out of the water when they were swimming. She also solicits food from her father often, and he willingly obliges (which is a big deal for him).
The playful otter pups can be found on the left side of the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They spend most of their time on land, but when in the water, they can hold their breath for six to eight minutes. Asian small-clawed otters are vulnerable in the wild because many of the wetland areas they call home are in decline due to a lack of water.
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