Asian Small-Clawed Otters

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature & Wildlife Photography

Falling into the category of „way too cute” are the Asian Small-Clawed Otters in the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. As the smallest of otters of the 13 types of otters in the world, these Asian otters are guaranteed to charm the pants off of anyone.

When the otters came to the National Zoo in 2011, Whole Foods Market made a sizeable donation to pay for their transport. These otters are in constant motion in search for food, so it was only fitting to honor this significant donation by giving the family gastronomic-themed names.

They chose Chowder and Clementine for the Zoo’s 5-year-old father and 3-year-old mother, respectively, as well as Pork Chop (male), Pickles (female), Saffron (female), Olive (female), Peaches (female), Turnip (male) and Radish (female). The last adolescent male answers to a more traditional title: Kevin. (source:

They’re quite the active family, running…

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