An afternoon otter

We had only a soupçon of science today, but there will be more tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy this baby otter and its friend the Bengal cat:

8 Comments

  1. Randy schenck
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Wow. I assume a sea otter?

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted April 25, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      Nope. River otter. Lontra canadensis Not that they don’t inhabit coastal marine waters as well. I saw a pair of them just yesterday swimming in the chuk. They like the way the jetty’s rip-rap rocks have gaps that are great for dens.

      As to its future, I don’t know how well it will do as an adult in a domestic environment or whether it could ever go back to the wild.

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted April 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

        Correction. Pip is an Asian small-clawed otter.Amblonyx cinerea is one of several binomials attributed to it.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted April 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

          That’s great. Lots of river otters in Iowa where I use to live.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted April 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        The UK species (singular or plural, I’m not sure) of otter is also happy to exploit marine and fresh environments. They’re often to be seen in coastal regions close to river mouths.

  2. ploubere
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    d’awww!

  3. Posted April 25, 2017 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    An otter is friends with a Bengal cat. The universe ever so slightly becomes a better place.

  4. nicky
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Beyond cute!


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