North American River Otter
GarLyn Zoological Park added a pair of North American
River Otter in the summer of 2001. They were about three years old, and
are like giant ferrets. Into everything and tearing up whatever they can, just to see
what's in it or behind it. The enclosure that was originally built for them ended up being
just about totally rebuilt or "otter proofed" as I now refer to it.
North American River Otter grow to about 3 feet long. A South American species grows much
larger. Their main diet is a specialty feed made for mink. They also enjoy treats of dog
food and an occasional frog or small fish. The enclosure is built with a glass tank in
front, for viewing the otter while swimming as shown below. And boy do they love to swim.
The female does backward rolls underwater, looping around and around and around until you
get dizzy just watching her. But she loves it.
River otter have to be one of my favorite
But watch your fingers, elbows or any other body part, this cute
little mug bites!
This is a view thru the glass of the otter swimming.
If you would like to see more photos of otter
at the zoo
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