Sometimes, cheesy can be downright cute.

Just look at these adorable North American River Otters, named Monterey and Jack, born to their mother, Brie.

After the rare birth, the otter family was introduced to the world over the weekend by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

“We haven’t had baby otters here since 1988…it’s quite rare for them to be born in captivity, so we’re thrilled about the birth,” Zoo Director Ted Fox told TODAY.

Photos by Jaime Alvarez, Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Weighing just four ounces at birth on March 8th., the kiddos aren’t expected to be opening their eyes for another four to five weeks, but guests will be able to catch a glimpse of them chowing down soon enough. When they’re old enough, the two will be added to the zoo’s regular otter exhibit.

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Photos by Jaime Alvarez, Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Monterey and Jack will be continuously observed as they get to know their new surroundings, as will mom, Brie, who was named for her favorite toy: a piece of cheese.

Something tells us her new pups will be way more fun to play with.Baby_Otters_Cuddle_RosamondGiffordZoo_CourtesyJaimeAlvarez

For more information on the baby otters, zoo visitation hours and admission prices go to

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