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      New Bedford zoo says otters to make public debut

      This undated photo from the Buttonwood Park Zoo shows two North American river otter pups.

      The Buttonwood Park Zoo said Friday that two North American river otter pups will go on public display next week.

      The New Bedford zoo said the pups were born March 19. The pups and their mother, Dani, were put in a private area while the pups matured and learned to swim.

      "River otters are one of zoo guests' favorite animals and this birth will allow the community to watch these pups grow to adulthood throughout the year while also learning conservation information about this local species," zoo director Keith Lovett said in a news release.

      North American river otters are native to the United States and Canada, and can be found in freshwater ponds, lakes, and marshland habitats.

      The pups will make their public debut Tuesday morning, at which time their names will also be revealed.