May 27th Was World Otter Day, and Japanese Aquariums Brought it Online
「If today's posts spark an interest in otters, definitely expand that interest to reach further than "cute!" Otters are definitely far more appealing as wild animals than as pets. We're hoping all otters will have many happy days in front of them.」
Undeniably adorable, river otters have become increasingly popular as pets in Japan over the past few years, despite their endangered status and the difficulty of caring for them. As appealing as it might be to have an otter for a pet, most people just aren't prepared to meet their needs, so let's appreciate them from afar!
「Asian small-clawed otters are called that because they have tiny nails at the ends of their fingers. Incidentally, on the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet they have toe pads, and no fur grows. That gives them a secure grip. They also catch their food by searching around with their hands.」
「Our 12 o'clock tweet is delivering the charms of an otter's face directly to you.
Their eyes, nose, and ears are all lined up and upward-facing. Just by poking their heads slightly above the waterline, otters are able to see and hear how things are going out of the water and also take a breath, making them excellently suited to life in the water. Their faces are lovely from the front and in profile, aren't they?」
「Asian small-clawed otters communicate vocally. It's said that they can make and distinguish between at least 10 different kinds of calls. The noise they're making in the video is them demanding food. They can be pretty loud.」
「Asian small-clawed otters are very dextrous with their fingers and they love to play. Even in the wild, they're seen playing with sticks and small stones. The otters at Sunshine Aquarium also roll stones around and play with them.」
「Otters' have some interesting characteristics, like long, thin bodies and flat heads. Thanks to the shape of their bodies, they can slip through the water with little resistance. It's easy to just sit and watch them glide easily through the water, isn't it?」
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