If you enter the Nature Centre and turn left, some of the first animals you spot are our otters! We have a boisterous family of three: Kasem (Dad), Keshika (Mum) and Kookie (Daughter). In this post we’re going to focus on Kasem and share 5 otterly amazing facts!
Species: Asian short-clawed otter (Amblonyx cinereus)
Favourite Foods: Trout for a main & peanuts for pudding
Favourite pastime: Chasing Sandra the keeper
5 facts about otters:
Small-clawed otters have nimble fingers so they can prize the shells of prey open (snails, mussels, clams).
Otters eat up to 25% of their bodyweight daily – that’s the equivalent of a human eating 160 quarter pounder burgers every day!
This species has been trained across Asia to help fisherman chorale fish into nets.
Otter bones are denser than most other mammals– this helps them to sink in water.
You are 7x more likely to see a wild otter in England now than you were 10 years ago. This is thanks to tighter pollution control and conservation work around the country.