5 fun facts about otters
Everyone knows otters are one of the most adorable animals on Earth. Even if you're already in love with these cute creatures, don't miss these 5 fun otter facts – you will surely learn great new things.
#1 Sea otters use rocks to open shells
They are the only aquatic mammals to use tools to acquire food. They keep rocks in special pockets under their forearms.
#2 More than 10 types of otters exist today, and most of them are in danger
The population of sea otters is rapidly decreasing because of the environmental issues and poaching. The same goes for many other species, such as the giant otter, the southern river otter, the hairy nosed otter, etc.
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#3 Sea otters are real rock-juggling champions! Just look at this cute otter:
Scientists still don't know exactly why they do it. Some believe otters learn to handle the rocks better this way, while others say they do it just for fun. One of the most fascinating otter facts is that they can keep the same rock for a very long time, even their entire life. Otters seem to form some kind of attachment to their favorite tool (or toy).
#4 When a pup is born, its whole family takes care of it
Otters' families have a lot in common with human ones. They are usually monogamous and often mate for life. When a baby otter, called a pup, is born, its parents and older siblings look out for them. Pups live with their families for at least a year.
#5 Baby otters can't swim
Only an otter older than a month can swim on its own. That's why loving otter mothers put their puppies on the chest and float on the back. It looks incredibly lovely and cute.
Otters really value their loved ones – that's how they hold hands while sleeping in order not to lose each other:
Did you know any of these otter facts before? Do you like these animals? Have you ever seen a baby otter?
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