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Baby Otter Featured on Brave Wilderness

Have you ever heard of Brave Wilderness? I hadn’t until they featured a baby river otter (I know, go figure, right?)

According to it’s YouTube page, “The Brave Wilderness Channel is your one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters!  Follow along with adventurer and animal expert Coyote Peterson and his crew as they lead you on three exciting expedition series – Breaking Trail, Dragon Tails and Coyote’s Backyard – featuring everything from Grizzly Bears and Crocodiles to Rattlesnakes and Tarantulas…each episode offers an opportunity to learn something new!”


This episode got up close and personal with an adorable baby river otter which had been abandoned. Rescued just days earlier, this Little Orphan Otter was lucky enough to find its way to the wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary Coyote and the crew were visiting in Florida. He feeds him a bottle, splashes down at the stream, and then cuddles him til he ready for a nap. Super Cute! ^_^

Thank-you YouTube page The Brave Wilderness Channel for this fascinating up-close look at a baby river otter!


Happy Ottersday :#)


Moose Population Explodes in Colorado… Right into the Ski Slopes

Until the late 1970′s, only a few stray moose from Wyoming would wander into Northern Colorado. Now, state wildlife managers estimate that nearly 2500 moose are roaming across the western part of the state.

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The boom in moose population is generally a good thing: rising population means a healthy, thriving, reproducing community of happy moose. However, the moose’s natural predators, wolves and grizzlies, are not established in Colorado, and so the moose are running a little wild… right into the ski resorts.


These 800-pound behemoths are taking advantage of packed snow on ski slopes to migrate.

“During winter, moose are often seen on trails, as it is easier to travel on packed snow compared to walking in deep snow,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife district manager Jeromy Huntington said after inspecting the moose at Winter Park. They’ve been seen at Steamboat, Nederland, and at the Winter Park resort, where a bull was dubbed Bullwinkle by patrollers.



Signs have been installed recently urging skiers and snowboarders to avoid contact with moose:  ”May Charge,” “Seek Escape Route” and “Moose Don’t Shoo!” Last winter, a patroller who tried to wrangle a moose off a halfpipe provoked a charge. Staffers now advise skiers to stop and wait if moose take to a trail.  This is good advice.

“We certainly prefer that the moose remains far away from winter recreationists, but that is often up to the moose,” Huntington said.

Wise words.


Happy Humpday (^_^)

Even a Monkey Can’t Eat Just One

A couple on their honeymoon in Thailand wanted to make friends with a monkey; little did they know that even monkeys can’t resist the lure of the potato chip…


DISCLAIMER: In Otter News does not condone giving wild animals man-made food. Wild animals should only be eating food found out in the wild. That being said, this video is hilarious.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Funny Fails Funny Epic Fails Funny Videos Funny for this, well, funny video.


Happy Monkday :_)–FpToDwjTPl88jArlQ


Mysterious Marbled Cats

A secret photo shoot deep in the forests of Malaysian Borneo is helping researchers determine just how many marbled cats (rare, tree-climbing felines)  live in the region, according to a new study, published online on March 23 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Marbled cats (Pardofelis marmorata) are extremely elusive creatures. To get a better idea of the cats’ stomping grounds, the researchers placed camera traps in eight forests and two palm oil plantations in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.


After four months of secret, motion-triggered infrared photography, the researchers found that marbled cats are most numerous in the lowlands where the forest is undisturbed, though surprisingly, they did find a few cats in selectively logged areas.

“We show that marbled cats can still survive in logged forests,” said study lead researcher Andrew Hearn, a doctoral candidate at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. “This lends further weight to the argument that such disturbed forests are important to the conservation of biodiversity and should be preserved wherever possible.”


Little is known about the cats, which are named for their marble-patterned fur. They live in dense tropical forests, and are rarely seen, except for the odd camera-trap sighting. Perhaps that’s because the species is listed as “near threatened,” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list, largely due to habitat loss and poaching.

Photo by Johan Embréus, Source:

In the new study, the researchers used the surreptitiously taken photos to identify individual cats and estimate the species’ population density and distribution. They found that the lowland Danum Valley Conservation Area had about 19.5 cats per 39 square miles (100 square kilometers). Tawau Hills Park had fewer: about seven cats per 39 square miles. The Tabin Wildlife Reserve, which was selectively logged from 1969 to 1989, had an estimated density of about 10 cats per 39 square miles.

These estimates provide “tentative evidence” that undisturbed, lowland hill forests have the highest densities of marbled cats, Hearn said. Other areas, including disturbed lowlands and undisturbed highlands, had lower densities of the cats, he said.

The camera traps didn’t record any marbled-cat sightings within the plantations, although one cat was spotted walking along the forest-plantation boundary, the researchers added. They also photographed cubs in the Tabin North, Tawau and Ulu Segama forests.

The results of this exhaustive study suggest that the marbled-cat population may be somewhat higher in northern Borneo than it is elsewhere, but more studies are needed to verify this, Hearn said. For instance, researchers could use camera traps in other places in which the cats are found in the Indomalayan ecorealm, a region extending from eastern India and Nepal to Yunnan province, China; and throughout mainland Southeast Asia to the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.

But enforced regulations could increase the number of Borneo’s marbled cats even more. Although poaching is illegal, the researchers found used shotgun cartridges in seven of the eight forests. However, they didn’t come across any evidence that poachers are shooting marbled cats, the scientists wrote in the study.

Laws governing logging and forest conservation may also help preserve the population of marbled cats, Hearn said. “We provide further evidence that logged forest may still be used by these cats, and should be preserved,” he said.


Whatever we can do to stop the extinction of wild cats, I’m all for.


Happy Caturday =^_^=


Portland Puts a Bird on Bernie Sanders

Portland, Oregon is known for its unique character, which inspired an award-winning show, called Portlandia. One of Portlandia’s best known comedy skits involved putting a bird on random things, and making it into art. If you haven’t seen the Portlandia Bird Skit, click here ->

Thus the phrase, “Put a Bird on It” entered into the vernacular, or should I say, “Bernacular?”

Today at a Bernie Sanders rally in Portland, a little bird visited Bernie’s podium- a sparrow to be exact- which caused the crowd to cheer and applaud. Bernie paused his speech, smiled and enjoyed the moment with the visiting bird. As the bird flew away, Bernie said that the bird was symbolic of a dove asking for world peace.

Thank-you YouTube Channel The Oregonian for this awesome video!


The small but proud sparrow is one of the most common birds. However, it is often overlooked, its power taken for granted. Although it is small, the sparrow animal totem is both powerful and productive. It’s persistence and integrity shows us that we do not have to be big to make a difference. We also do not need to have the biggest and best things in order for our voices to be heard.


Happy Flyday ~^v^~


Are Ducks the New Chicken?

The number of people and families that are homesteading is on the rise. Whether it’s due to wanting to know where their food comes from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or to go back to the basics, keeping farm animals is very popular these days- especially backyard chickens.

a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage. – See more at:
Whether it’s due to families wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage. – See more at:
Whether it’s due to families wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage.  – See more at:

Chickens are relatively low maintenance, produce eggs pretty much daily and can be a source of meat- when the time arises- but recently there have been more and more accounts of how ducks are becoming the new chicken.


Ducks can be a perfect addition to your backyard flock if you like to garden, and love eggs. Duck eggs are even richer and contain more protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and pretty much more of every major mineral than chicken eggs. They are  perfect for baking, due to their high fat and low moisture content.


Ducks spend a lot of time in the water. This makes them less susceptible to parasites than chickens, more cold-hardy- due to that extra layer of fat they have to stay buoyant in water- and more heat-hardy, since if they get too hot, they just go spend time in their favorite watering hole.


Ducks make wonderful pest control, as they will try their darnedest to eat every insect in your yard. While they’re aggressive to bugs, they aren’t aggressive to each other, and are very welcoming to new ducks into their flock. Chickens can be more aggressive to newcomers, as they have a stringent pecking order in place, especially if there is a rooster around.


Whether ducks or chickens strike your fancy more, both ducks and chickens are wonderful birds to have around. They’re fantastically entertaining to watch, make adorable babies, and lay delicious eggs. Chickens are generally the goto bird for the backyard, so I think it’s important to weigh all the feather friend options we have to us.


Someday I’ll have a farm, and I’ll have chickens and ducks, and maybe some quail too.


1. Ducks are generally healthier

Because they spend so much of their time in the water, ducks tend to be far less susceptible to mites and other external parasites than chickens.  Any parasites that might be tempted to latch on will drown.   Ducks also have hardier immune systems, tend to stay in better general health and are less likely to contract disease than chickens.

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Happy Flyday ~^v^~

Otter Overload

The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is caring for six orphaned otter cubs, the largest number they have ever had at one time before, so it is literally an Otter Overload. The newest resident came from Seldova when he was only a couple days old, and has needed around the clock care. His Cuteness is featured in the video below:

Thanks to WWMT for this “soft spot”-hitting news report.


Happy Ottersday :#)


The Dog with Two Noses

Toby, a two-nosed, 2-year-old Border Collie-Australian Shepard mix from California, has thankfully escaped being put down, finding a new forever home alongside two other dogs with unusual physical attributes.


The canine was caught while wandering the streets of Fresno, and was due to be put down, until Todd Ray came across a post from a local animal shelter and asked about adopting him. Ray and his wife immediately agreed to adopt Toby. Toby now lives with Ray’s family, which includes two other dogs, Rocky, a five-legged Miniature Pinscher, and Pinky, a two-legged Chihuahua.


“For me, they are incredible. I’m fascinated by unique animals’ beautiful differences and by the magical lessons that they teach us,” he said.

“The uniqueness of their forms show us that ‘normal’ doesn’t exist. The sad thing is that, at this time, people are at a place where they will let a two-nosed dog get put down before they will adopt him – only because he looks different.”


Thank-you Todd Ray, for seeing the beauty and import of all dogs.

Thank-you YouTube Channel venicebeachfreakshow for this awesome video.