By Charley Sutton @CharlSutton

A TINY otter pup has begun to venture outside its nest at Taronga Zoo after being delivered in a lifesaving caesarean birth

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The precious otter was born to proud parents Pia and Ketut

Veterinarians were called in to save the Oriental Small-clawed Otter pup on 28 February after mother Pia was unable to give birth naturally.

Taronga Veterinarian, Frances Hulst said: “Pia was having difficulties during labour, so we had to intervene and undertake an emergency caesarean.” 

Keepers named the pup Intan which means diamond in Indonesian

Pia was found to be carrying three pups, but sadly all of the pups were unresponsive when they were delivered.

Intan spent the first ten weeks of his life in his nestbox before venturing outside
He was one of three pups but he was the only survivor

Frances said: “Unfortunately two pups didn’t survive, but we were able to successfully resuscitate the third pup and it was suckling from mum within hours of the birth.” 

After the spending its first 10 weeks developing in its nestbox, the male pup has just begun to explore outdoors under the close watch of Pia and father Ketut.

Sadly Intan's sibling passed away but keepers were able to resuscitate him

 Keeper, Ben Haynes said: “They’ve been perfect parents. They’re both extremely attentive and occasionally even battle over who gets to look after the pup.

“Ketut is a first-time dad, but he grew up with younger siblings so he has experience collecting fish and caring for younger otters.”

When his mother Pia began having difficulties zookeepers intervened and did an emergency caesarean

Ketut arrived at Taronga from Perth Zoo in 2015 and his successful paring with Pia is seen as an encouraging sign for the regional breeding program for Oriental Small-clawed Otters.

The precious pup was born at Taronga Zoo on 28 February

The pup is the first successful otter birth at Taronga in more than 15 years.

Parents Pia and Ketut have been very protective of their new baby

The pup has been named ‘Intan’, meaning ‘diamond’ in Indonesian. Weighing about 500 grams, he has begun tasting solid food and learning to swim alongside his parents.