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  • Chinatown koi evacuation begins as otter rampage claims 10th fatality

    11/26/2018 12:02:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 11/25/2018 | STEPHANIE IP
    A total of 10 expensive koi fish have now been killed and eaten by the otter as of Sunday morning; there were previously 14 adult koi living in the ponds at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park in Chinatown. As a result, staff at the Chinatown park have begun evacuating koi from the park’s ponds. On Saturday, crews moved in to begin rescue efforts. So far, only one fish has been moved to the Vancouver Aquarium for safekeeping; koi are also difficult to capture so it remains unclear how long the evacuation will take though crews are working to relocate the remaining...
  • Stunning fossil discovery: Giant otter was size of wolf

    01/23/2017 10:03:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2017 | Staff
    Millions of years ago, a wolf-sized otter swam around ancient swampy China, scientists have discovered. The huge otter would have weighed about 110 pounds, and lived about 6.24 million years ago, according to a new report. The fossilized remains of this now-extinct ancient otter— one of the largest otters known— were discovered in a mine in China’s Yunnan Province, and part of what makes it remarkable is that the find included a nearly-complete cranium.
  • River otters rebounding with hospitable habitat

    04/15/2012 9:54:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies ^ | 4/15/12 | Carolyn Jones
    It's wild times in the watershed. The most happy-go-lucky denizen of Bay Area creeks is back, after a hiatus of at least three decades: the river otter. "They look like they're having a wonderful time out there. It's really exciting to see," said Steve Bobzien, a wildlife ecologist for the East Bay Regional Park District. "Plus, it's a really good biological indicator of the health of the ecosystem." From Antioch to Tomales Bay, park visitors have reported otters rolling in mud, gnawing on crayfish, sliding down rocks and generally partying on the creek banks. A Marin group has even created...
  • Ring of WHITE water: The albino otter cubs who leave the rest of the family in the dark

    05/11/2010 5:12:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies · 888+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 11, 2010 | Staff
    It looks as though these two may have carelessly fallen into a pot of white paint. In fact, they are an extremely rare pair of albino otter cubs which are the first to have been born in captivity in Britain. Keepers could not believe their eyes when the uncommonly pale creatures were born at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire. The pair are part of a litter of three baby Asian short-claw otters born at the end of March. But it was only when they started appearing outside their 'holt' that their unusual colouring was spotted.
  • Together forever: Heartbroken otters who were best friends die within hours of each other

    04/01/2010 7:40:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies · 959+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2010 | Staff
    Two elderly otters who were best friends and lived side-by-side for 15 years have both died of a heart attack within an hour of each other. It's thought the second heartbroken animal passed away from the stress of watching his mate die. Daz and Chip – both male – lived and died at Naturelands Zoo in Nelson, New Zealand.
  • Columbus-Bound Flight Delayed By Otters

    12/23/2009 11:42:14 AM PST · by buccaneer81 · 44 replies · 1,165+ views
    WBNS 10TV Columbus ^ | December 23, 2009 | NA
    Columbus-Bound Flight Delayed By Otters Wednesday, December 23, 2009 6:23 AM Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 7:10 AM Video Print Story E-mail Story COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Columbus was delayed for more than an hour Tuesday night after otters making the trip in the plane's cargo hold escaped their cages and made a break for freedom. The otters were apparently being unloaded from the plane in Houston when they managed to get loose. "People thought it was a joke at first, I think," a passenger said. Another passenger said an otter made its way...
  • Frozen bay turns otters into easy prey

    04/08/2007 8:37:44 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 8 replies · 710+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 4/8/07 | ALEX deMARBAN
    An extra-cold winter on the Alaska Peninsula has frozen sea otters out of the bay and pushed them onto the tundra near Port Heiden where they're easy prey for wolves, humans and hunger. Some of the starving animals -- with ribs showing -- have waddled or belly-slid several miles inland, residents said. Others have been attacked by dogs near houses, killed by villagers for their hides, or died on sea ice where eagles and foxes pick at their remains. No one knows how many have come ashore in the unusual exodus, said Mark Kosbruk, village fire chief. Natives have skinned...
  • In coastal battle of wits between man and otter, man concedes

    11/14/2005 12:53:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 401+ views
    AP ^ | 11/14/5 | TIM MOLLOY
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Greg Sanders' otter-catching days are over. It's been years since he last snatched the animals from Southern California waters and shipped them north under an ambitious federal program to preserve an endangered species while protecting shellfish divers from natural competition. Now, in an admission that the slick-furred creatures refuse to respect boundaries imposed by man, the federal government wants officially to abandon an otter-relocation policy it effectively dumped more than a decade ago. If the government's battle of wits is at its end, the otters have won. "This concept of taking animals and putting them in...
  • If you don't have a Scots accent you must be a foreigner.

    07/04/2002 8:08:20 PM PDT · by scouse · 1 replies · 289+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/3/02 | Unknown
    Tourist Otters Confused by Accent Wed Jul 3, 8:31 AM ET LONDON (Reuters) - Two Canadian otters at a sanctuary in Scotland have been placed under 24-hour protection from aggressive local otters who are confused by their "foreign accents," a newspaper reported Wednesday. The National Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban has installed an electric fence and surveillance cameras to protect its Canadian guests, Fingal and Sula, according to The Independent. Though almost twice the size of their wild Scottish relatives, the pair are disadvantaged by their foreign accents and scent. "Dialects are common in animal communications, but because of the...