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Longleat Safari Park's baby otters learn to swim

Two baby otters at Longleat Safari Park are being taught to swim in a child's paddling pool.

They are being taught by the deputy head of section at Animal Adventure, Beverley Allen, who the cubs think it their mother.

Beverley has reared and bottle-fed the 12-week-old cubs, named Sumalee and Kasem, since they were born.

The cubs currently live in Beverley's spare room and even sit on her lap while she watches television.

They are being hand-reared after their mother was thought too old to produce enough milk for them.

"They're such lively, playful little creatures," said Beverly.

"They've been hard work but I'll miss them when they're back with their parents".


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