It otter be a lot of fun for Rod and Musa

Otters Rod and Musa, at the Wildfowls and wetlands Trust, were given special treats this week as part of their second birthday celebrations.'Rod and Musa have become firm favourites for visitors to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust...
Otters Rod and Musa, at the Wildfowls and wetlands Trust, were given special treats this week as part of their second birthday celebrations.'Rod and Musa have become firm favourites for visitors to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust...
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OTTERS Rod and Musa enjoyed some special gifts as they celebrated their second birthday.

The brothers, who arrived at Washington Wetlands Centre in June, couldn’t wait to eat some treats.

Staff at the nature reserve helped them celebrate, by giving them home-made fishy birthday cake and a tasty fishy present to tear open.

Both otters have been entertaining visitors throughout the summe.

Leanne McCormella, of the Wetlands Centre, said: “We see the otters twice a day and the kids who come to the centre are always excited to see them.

“They’re really cool to watch. They make lots of noise and are dead cheeky as well.

“Despite it being a wet July we’ve managed to beat our visitors target, which has been helped by the otters.”

Rod and Musa, who are Asian short-clawed otters, were born to parents Ned and Thai, at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s centre in Martin Mere, in Lancashire.

They are the smallest of all 13 species of otter and a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

The popular pair are often seen going for a swim in their “paddy field”, rolling around in mud, juggling pebbles on their tummies as well as greeting visitors to the centre with squeaky cries.