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Otters Return Home to Thompson Park Zoo

After months away, the two river otters of the Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown, New York are back in town.

 

Father and son otters Otis and Ricky are just a few weeks from going onto exhibit, and zoo staff are seeing signs of enthusiasm from the pair as they became reacquainted with their surroundings.

 

The otters were previously kept at The Wild Center, in Tupper Lake, as repairs and upgrades took place at their home exhibit, ranging from the installation of new filters, to the delivery of a new glass sheet, which should be installed by Saturday, according to Lesley Clark, the zoo’s director of operations. The pond in the exhibit was completely resurfaced after leaks were discovered.

“If you don’t have quality products, it’s not going to last long,” she said.

A new off-exhibit holding area has been set up with a new drainage system, expanded space for the otters and heating elements that will allow the otters to stay at the zoo year-round.

 

The repair work at the exhibit has led to an increase of interest from visitors about when the fan favorites would return.

“All we have heard is ‘When are the otters coming back?’” Ms. Clark said. “We’re excited to see them.”

Ms. Lyndaker said the otters’ social nature has made them beloved by many visitors.

“They’ll come right up to the glass and look at kids, and look at them through the fence,” she said. “They’re always running around, splashing in their pool. They’re very interactive, very fun to watch.”

Thank-you YouTubeChannel Watertown Daily Times for the cute otter video.

 

The project cost about $35,000, after volunteer labor and donated materials cut about $10,000 from the cost of the renovations. Among the major donors noted by Ms. Clark was Carthage Savings and Loan, which contributed $25,000 to the project.

 

River otters have historically been found in all watersheds in New York, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The animals primarily eat fish, but have been known to also eat amphibians and crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates when available.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/otter-pair-returns-to-thompson-park-zoo-video-20160714

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubOJL0VdBeg

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFxmjJ1lksR2fqe-Z6zBeeA

 http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9355.html

 

Japanese Snow Monkey Babies

Are you ready the cutest, floofiest snow monkeys baby ever?! I wasn’t, I was totally taken aback unawares! OMG! I was weakened by their cuteness….. ahhhhh. There’s 8 minutes here of adorable snow monkey family hi-jinx from Monkey Island, Japan. I highly recommend 3:19.. the lil’ smile on that lil’ primate just melted my heart.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Kiyo for your wonderful snow monkey video (she has many more on her page)!

 

Happy Monkday :_)

 

https://youtu.be/0S5ywmvcwWA

https://www.youtube.com/user/KiyoPhotography/featured

 

“Otter Almost Stole my GoPro”

Whilst trying to get some close up footage of the otters at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Lodmoor in Dorset of the United Kingdom, Andy Williams saw that “the otters became very interested and playful. I guess it’s not everyday they get a GoPro lowered into there enclosure! After jumping around and playing, one of them actually came very close to grabbing the GoPro off me! What lovely fun animals they are!”

Thank-you YouTube Channel Andy Williams for this wacky otter video. “Wacky” because the otters remind me of Whack-A-Mole! :-D

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://youtu.be/MnFLDwwNtsM

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfqYzqfYhJacGTMot18v_Bw

 http://www.sealifeweymouth.com/

 

Tender Loving Chinchilla (That’s What TLC Stands For Right?)

I am weakened by the cuteness of this chinchilla, (known for their ultra-soft velvety fur) enjoying a nice grooming session with it’s human. I hope your weekend has been just as relaxing.

Thank-you YouTube Channel MangO for this video; it is a ding-dang-dorable!

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFUE77Rmh-o

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8X-2JKgWybITpkyu4WvYaA

 

A Singapore Otter’s Journey Home

Since yesterday was World Otter Day, I am posting a recent successful otter conservation story today that’s sure to tug at your heartstrings.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Fast Snail for this emotional reunion video.

 

When a baby otter was separated from his family, nicknamed The Marina 9 by Singapore’s devoted otter-watching community called Otterwatch, one man was able to save the young otter’s life.

On May 9, the six-week-old smooth-coated otter pup almost drowned after it fell off a ledge into a canal. It was rescued by retiree and property investor Patrick Ng, 60, who dived in to fish Toby out of the waters. “After rescuing it, I left it on the ledge near the entrance to its holt and quickly swam away, in case the adults came back,” Mr Ng said.

Ng then left him alone in a safer location with the belief that Toby’s family would eventually come pick him up, but they never did.

When the otter watchers realized Toby was still on his own later that day, they called in the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) to rescue the wayward otter pup. In WRS’ care, Toby was bottle-fed and given an overall checkup to make sure he was in good condition.

 

Once veterinarians believed Toby was strong enough to return to the wild, he was taken to a beach area where members of OtterWatch, along with WRS and the National Parks (NParks), determined Toby had a better chance of linking back up with his family. He was taken out of the carrier and left alone on the sand. It was only then that Toby began to cry loudly.

 

Then, in a glorious display of solidarity, his entire family came running for him. Toby was gently nuzzled and sniffed by the adult otters before scurrying off with them, heading home at long last.

 

“The rescue and reintroduction of Toby has demonstrated an unprecedented collaboration and ‘make-it-happen’ spirit between members of the public and across multiple agencies,” said Jeffery Teo, a member of OtterWatch,  “Everyone puts in their best, not for pride nor glory. We just want to bring Toby home. This is humanity at its best form.”

 

NParks and WRS are reportedly still watching over Toby to make sure he doesn’t get rejected from his family.

But so far, things appear to be going well for this beloved little otter and his equally adored family.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/six-week-old-otter-pup-rescued-reunited-with-family-after-it-almost-drowned?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&link_time=1463663295#xtor=CS1-10

https://www.thedodo.com/baby-otter-rescued-family-1809768942.html

https://youtu.be/Btli6PIB7xY

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvPv9sfIg6IWh_57VjNodVw

https://www.facebook.com/OtterWatch/?fref=nf

http://www.wrs.com.sg/

http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

 

This Dog Knows What’s Up

Dogs are smart. They can learn words for all their favorite things, like “walk”, and also for their not-so-favorite things, like “bath”. It’s probably a good thing that they’re not quite smart enough to figure out when we’re messing with them. :-P

Thank-you YouTube Channel America’s Funniest Home Videos for this hilarious video!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af9dfv6yxgw

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zEzzq54Rm0iy7lmmZbCIg

 

Surprise Porcupine Discovered in Shed

Biologist & Native Mainer Michael Merchant discovered a porcupine in his shed, who was quite vocal about his reluctance to leave such cozy quarters. They had a bit of an argument. Then he encounters another porcupine a short distance away… maybe he was attracted to the vocalizing porcupine?

Thank-you YouTube Channel Michael Merchant for this comical video!

Porcupines are the third-largest of the rodents, behind the capybara and the beaver. They inhabit forests and wooded regions across North America.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9H3z94ZuJ0

https://www.youtube.com/user/jupy921/featured