What is a river otter?
A river otter is a animal that comes from the weasel family.It is being endangered by water pollution, oil spills, and hunting.One of the river otters predators is the black bear.
Sea otters are the only species in their genus, Enhydra. However, there are thirteen species of otter in the subfamily Lutrinae; these include the Marine otter, the North-American river otter, the Neotropical river otter, the Southern river otter, the Eurasian otter, the Hairy-nosed otter, the Asian small-clawed otter, the African clawless otter, the Congo clawless otter, the Giant otter, the Smooth-coated otter, the Spotted-necked otter, and (of course) the Sea otter.
There are 13 species of otter: African Clawless Otter Aonyx capensis Asian Small-Clawed Otter Aonyx cinereus Congo Clawless Otter, Aonyx congicus Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris North American River Otter Lontra canadensis Marine Otter Lontra felina Neotropical Otter -------------- South American River Otter Lontra provocax Eurasian Otter Lutra lutra Spotted-Necked Otter Lutra maculicollis Hairy-Nosed Otter Lutra sumatrana Smooth-Coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata Giant Otter There were 14 species but the Maxwells otter is now presumed extinct-TH
There are several reasons for Zoos to have River Otters in their exhibits, as well as for the education, or conservation programs. "River Otter" includes five different River Otter species, each listed on the IUCN, (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Red List. One of those River Otter species is considered, by some to be extinct another is listed as "endangered", while still another is listed as "near threatened". So, no matter which species they…
River otter pups actually leave their mothers, and they leave to live on their own when they are approximately 6 months to one year old. According to the National Wildlife Foundation, river otter pups are born in the late winter / early spring in their mother's den. The mother otter takes care of her babies for their first 7-8 weeks, nursing and feeding them. Then she introduces them to water and they begin to learn…
The Japanese River Otter is important because it is the official animal symbol of Ehime Prefecture The otter was placed on the extremely endangered species list, and was declared extinct on August 28, 2012. The otter has been spotted by several eyewitnesses on January 10, 2013, in the Aichi Prefecture.