Maryland Zoo welcomes new otter to Maryland Wilderness exhibit

The Maryland Zoo welcomed a new North American river otter to the Otter Stream habitat in the Maryland Wilderness. Hudson came to the Zoo from the Oregon Zoo in Portland. 

“Hudson was somehow orphaned as an infant,” said Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo in a statement. “He was found in June of 2015 walking alone along Highway 58 SE in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River.”  

He was cared for at the Chintimini Wildlife center before being moved to the Oregon Zoo. He came to the Maryland Zoo in March of this year and is now ready to meet the public.

Hudson joins Piper, an otter the zoo received earlier this year, in the exhibit. The Maryland Zoo says the two otters get along well. 

“Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together,” continued McClure. “They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests.”

Hudson and Piper can be seen together in the the river stream habitat in the morning. Mary, the Zoo's older female river otter, prefers to be alone so she will alternate with them. You can see Mary in the afternoon.

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