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A Brookgreen party you otter attend

This young otter may have had a fake birthday cake last year... but clearly prefers the fish he or she is chewing on.
This young otter may have had a fake birthday cake last year... but clearly prefers the fish he or she is chewing on. Brookgreen Gardens

March 7 marks the fourth birthday of the triplets – an occasion celebrated at their home in Pawleys Island, S.C.

You’re invited to the all-day Saturday event. Don’t bring a present. Just pay the admission. And bring the kids.

The trio are river otters that live at Brookgreen Gardens – in the attraction’s Native Wildlife Zoo, where you’ll also find gators, eagles, foxes, hawks, owls and white-tailed deer. All the animals there are native to the Lowcountry swamps; all were born in captivity in a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or have sustained injuries and could not survive in the wild.

Of them all, river otters are notoriously most cute.

Birthday activities March 7 include craft tables with activities for children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also scheduled and also included in regular Brookgreen admission:

Wetland activities at the Sculpture Center shelter, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Brookgreen’s “Discovery Cart” at the alligator exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The otter party at the two otter exhibits, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Story time at the otter exhibits, noon.

A “Mother Nature’s Cafe” tour from the Plantation Barn, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A meet-the-animals program at the Lowcountry Center program shed, 2:30 p.m.

The otter siblings’ names? Well, the zookeepers don’t like to let that out: People would call to them and try to pet or feed them. While they’re lovable, they’re wild little critters nonetheless.

Brookgreen Gardens is on U.S. 17, between Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet, S.C., just south of Myrtle Beach.

Brookgreen admission as of March 7: $15; $13 for 65 and older; $7 for ages 4-12. Admission is good for seven consecutive days; daily hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

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