So of course we knew about dog blogs and kitten blogs, but until today, National Otter Day, we didn’t realize how many daily otter blogs there were out there.
We’re also fans of the IOSF which is the International Otter Survival Fund based out of the UK where we learned there are 13 species of otters and they are part of the Mustelid family of animals which also includes badgers, pine martens and weasels.
Many of them are endangered in places around the world with some of the verge of dying out. One of them, the Eurasian otter have seen its population decline by 95% in certain parts of England and Wales.
The conservation of the otter is vitally important as the otter is at the top of both the acquatic and land food chains and it is highly sensitive to any form of disturbance, pollution and habitat destruction. Because they are so sensitive they act as a warning signal for the health of the environment and this is obviously important for the well-being of humans too.
Read more about otters at otters.org
Here are some quick otter facts:
- Baby otters are called pups
- Otters tend to bunch together in same sex groups called rafts
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