An otter mouthful!

Our male otter Buddy means business when it comes to nest building – getting a mega mouthful of materials.

The fabulous snap of Buddy the builder was taken by talented amateur photographer and DZG member Karen Edwards.

Senior Keeper Sarah Evans said: “Our otters are constantly gathering materials to build nests, which is a natural behaviour of Asiatic short-clawed otters in the wild.

“They carry leaves and twigs to their underground tunnel or holt to make themselves nice and cosy, especially since the temperatures have fallen recently.

“Each day keepers put fresh hay into their heated nest box but the otters prefer to take it out and carry it to their holt instead.”

Thanks ever so, Karen!