Otter cubs have been born in Jesmond Dene for the first time in living memory.
The two cubs were born at the beginning of the year by the banks of the river, but the news has been kept secret until now.
Ouseburn Park Ranger Michael Hancock said: “We had to keep it quiet because there was a chance if a lot of people had come to see them they would have been disturbed.
“If that happens the mother can sometimes abandon the cubs.
“It is fantastic news and we are very pleased to have them at Jesmond Dene.”
The otter population in Jesmond Dene is monitored by special cameras funded by the Jesmond Dene Volunteer Rangers' Nature area project.
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