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Maryland Zoo Welcomes New River Otter

The Maryland Zoo welcomed a new North American river otter to the Otter Stream Habitat in the Maryland Wilderness Exhibit. He came to the zoo from the Oregon Zoo in Portland and his name is Hudson.

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

“Hudson was somehow orphaned as an infant,” said Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo in a statement. “He was found in June of 2015 walking alone along Highway 58 SE in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River.”

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

He was cared for at the Chintimini Wildlife center before being moved to the Oregon Zoo. He came to the Maryland Zoo in March of this year and is now ready to meet the public.

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

Hudson joins Piper, an otter the zoo received earlier this year, in the exhibit. The Maryland Zoo says the two otters get along well.

“Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together,” continued McClure. “They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests.”

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

Hudson and Piper can be seen together in the the river stream habitat in the morning. Mary, the Zoo’s older female river otter, prefers to be alone so she will alternate with them. You can see Mary in the afternoon.

Happy Ottersday :#)

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

 

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

 

“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/

 

Wild Otters T-Shirts for Conservation

Wild Otters is a conservation research organization based in India, focusing on the conservation of their native otters species (smooth coated, Asian Small-clawed, and Eurasian otters). They were founded in September 2014. They focus on better understanding otters, use this understanding to take proactive conservation actions, disseminate  information, and spread awareness about otters to create long lasting conservation support. They also have a facebook page.
They reached out to In Otter News, as they are trying to raise funds by selling T-shirts with a super-cute otter design.

 

The Otter T-Shirt. Get yours at https://www.bonfirefunds.com/wild-otters-fund

They need to get at least 100 orders for the t-shirt to be printed. All proceeds benefit the otter conservation work that Wild Otters does.

 

In Otter News does not sell products, but in this case I felt it worthy to share this particular T-Shirt opportunity with my fellow otter lovers.

May we all find a way to better support the planet and all of its creatures.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://wildotters.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Otters-731106103650385/

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/wild-otters-fund

 

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/

 

Happy World Otter Day!

Today is World Otter Day. This is a day we draw attention to the plight of the world’s otters and raise awareness for their conservation needs.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/oceana/photos/a.10150492652217253.370028.6334782252/10153659137252253/?type=3&theater

There are 13 species of otter worldwide, and they are all listed in the IUCN Red List and 12 are still declining in number.

Source: http://www.riverotterecology.org/otter-blog

Otters are very special animals. They are wonderful to watch, they are indicators of a healthy ecosystem, and at least with the Sea Otter, they shape the very environment they live in.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208964124517658&set=gm.10154903290334418&type=3&theater

How you can help:

  • Make a donation to the many otter conservation organizations
  • Support your local zoo or aquarium and watch the otters there
  • Host an otter-themed party of your own
  • Buy some lovely otter-themed goods that support otter conservation
  • Spread the word about the importance of otters

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207880392945119&set=a.2003197796986.2108354.1154820078&type=3&theater

Together, we can be the driving force that saves the otters from the threats of this world.

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/the-happiest-otters-of-all-time

Happy World Otter Day!

 

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 https://www.facebook.com/oceana/photos/a.10150492652217253.370028.6334782252/10153659137252253/?type=3&theater

Your Friendly Otter Neighbor

Imagine walking out on your back porch to this: In Cape Coral, Florida, a friendly otter that lives at a nearby canal hangs with his human neighbor. OMG Please let this happen to me someday.

Thank-you YouTube Channel ViralHog for this enviable experience caught on camera.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=546DRWlTVjs

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3339WgBDKIcxTfywuSmG8w