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Published on Nov 3, 2010
Two baby otters at Longleat are being taught to swim in a paddling pool - by the keeper they think is their mum.
Deputy Head of Section at Animal Adventure, Beverley Allen, is rearing the infants and has bottle-fed the cute pair since they were born.
The pair, named Sumalee and Kasem, are now being taught to swim ready to return to their birth parents. As Beverley explained "I started off putting them in the sink with a little bit of water when they were about nine weeks old. Then they progressed to my bath, where I could make the water a bit deeper to let them practice their breathing. Now they're splashing around quite happily in a paddling pool, with a few toys to encourage them to play."