If you’re wondering what to do with the kids this Easter, look no further.
Pepper is now the proud mother of one-month-old Ginger the otter. The adorable baby animal – whose father is named Tiny - is charming visitors to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.
The little one now weighs just over 500 grams and her front tooth has started to appear. She is expected to make her first swim on March 31 will get to see her being fed and nursed every day from 2.30pm until April 10.
So how did Pepper and Tiny get together? Ginger’s mother was introduced to the Asian Small Clawed Otter exhibit in September 2014 with four males who all started to show courtship behaviour. However Tiny is said to have been the most playful and less than six months later, along came their first offspring
The Dam (mummy otter) provides milk to the new-born, while the Sire (dad) provides food and protects the family and their home until Ginger can swim unassisted and catch her own food.
After being nourished with milk for 50 days Ginger and other baby otters begin to introduce solid food to their diet. At eight weeks of age Ginger will be expected to have her first swim without help, but is guided through the process by her parents up until she is capable.
That’s not the only attraction at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Guests can also watch one of the largest reptiles in the world - King Croc – preparing to become a father. Queen Croc has laid 59 eggs and several of them will be ready to hatch over the incubation of period of 80 days.
If you go on a back-of-the-house tour, you can see the eggs being incubated in the laboratory.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo features a 270-degree walk through tunnel. Underwater Zoo, located on Level 2 above the main aquarium tank, presents the bio-diversity in different ecological zones including Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean.
For further information: visit www.thedubaiaquarium.com or call: 04 448 5200.