It’s never a bad time for baby animals, and if you’re feeling stressed or under the weather, you can get a quick boost of serotonin with just a simple Google search for all things cute and fluffy! Today, that dose of happiness comes in the form of four baby Asian otter pups that were born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and are finally being shown off to the public! With the species vulnerable to extinction, this new litter is full of adorable hope.
The litter consists of two boys and two girls, plus their one-year-old sister Scooter, born to the proud otter parents Carlisle and Harley.
The babies were born on December 28, 2019, but zoo staff are just now showing them off to the internet, as they usually stay in their den for several weeks while sleeping, nursing, and bonding. After a little over a month, the pups officially open their eyes and start to explore their enclosure.
You can even watch their adorable bumbling and chirping on this live otter cam. The otter’s vast enclosure is also home to a family of babirusas, wild pigs with elaborately curved tusks.
The smallest of the 13 otter species, Asian small-clawed otters are native to southeast Asia and are highly social and intelligent. These cuddly critters are endangered and at risk of extinction due to habitat loss.
Tony Vecchio, the zoo executive director, was quoted by First Coast News saying the zoo places a lot of emphasis on education and conservation.
He hopes that helping guests to understand both the threats the animals face and the benefits they have on the ecosystem as a whole will inspire action.
The babies don’t have names just yet, but you can keep up with all their antics and watch them grow and explore by checking in with Jacksonville Zoo’s social media platforms.
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For those looking for a spooky adventure or even a terrifying living situation, the perfect spot for you has just hit the market in Florida.
The Old Gilchrist County Jail in Trenton, Florida is the only "decommissioned, certifiably haunted" jail in the state, and it has been attracting visitors with its "heavy paranormal activity" since its closing in 1968.
The jail's haunted history dates back to 1934 when a Gilchrist county sheriff was murdered. Over 20 years later, the killing of another country sheriff occurred in 1956.
The Old Gilchrist County Jail official website says they are still in the process of learning more about its haunted history, but you can take it upon yourself to investigate with a private tour or you can even own the building for just $140,000 and forever live the life of a paranormal investigator.
The jail features eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms and it can even be doubled as a tourist-related business opportunity if you'd rather not sleep in the haunted chambers yourself.
The Old Gilchrist County Jail
Price: $50 donation per person - $139,990 to own.
Address: 313 N.W. 2nd St., Trenton, FL, 32693
Why You Need To Go: If you are a fan of the paranormal, you may not find a better opportunity than this. There is still so much to discover about the history of this location, and you could be the one to make fantastic discoveries about its haunted history.
Florida’s barrier islands hold much of the state’s beauty, with pristine sands, unparalleled views, and feeling being on a far away, tropical place without actually leaving the state. If you love island hopping in The Sunshine State or are just looking for a new place to wander, Amelia Island in Florida is a must-add to your travel bucket list.
This barrier island can be found on Florida’s northeast coast, with 13 miles of gorgeous beaches, wildlife encounters, and some truly unique ways to explore the area.
Whether by land, sea, or a crazy combination of both, there’s always something to do at Amelia Island.
Explore the culture of this historic place through the food, the drinks, and gorgeous architecture. From picturesque streets, you can wander down to the beach, and might even catch of a glimpse of sea turtles and find stunning shells and shark teeth.
No matter how you want to do explore it, the ways in which you can enjoy Amelia Island are all rich and unique.
By the food
Address: 20 South 2nd St., Fernandina Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: You can experience a true taste of Amelia Island at Le Clos, a charming Parisian cottage serves up dishes made by chef and owner Katherine Ewing, who studied at several prestigious French cooking schools. Le Clos uses only the freshest and local seafood ingredients, so you know you’re getting only the best and supporting local businesses.
Why You Need To Go: At Florida’s oldest bar, you can cheers to your bright future while admiring a relic from the past. The Palace Saloon has been in business since 1903 and prepared drinks for ships from all over the world, and still brings people together over a hearty pint today.
Address: 4000 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, FL
Why You Need To Go: You can take in the scenery of Amelia Island by hopping aboard one of the Rollin’ Phat Scooters, one of the most fun modes of personal travel around. With three driving modes consisting of 8 mph, 13 mph, and 20 mph, you can cruise in style and explore the whole island.
Why You Need To Go: Besides enjoying the untouched sands of Amelia Island’s gorgeous beaches, you’ll even have a pretty good chance at spotting sea turtles if you come during the right reason. During the rest of the year, you can scope out the sands of colorful shells and even prehistoric shark teeth.
The moody cliffs of Florida's east coast will make you rethink the stereotypical Sunshine State shoreline. While there are well-known outcroppings, there are some you have to search for. One Florida beach Marineland near Jacksonville is one such hidden, rocky treasure.