Today I want to write about a really cute animal that is a very effective predator, the giant otter.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These elegant animals grow to about 1.8 metres long, making them the largest species of otter in the world.
- Also known as the river wolf, they are excellent hunters, with large webbed feet, thick water-proof fur and a strong tail which helps them to swim powerfully through the water. They also have large eyes to help them spot their prey underwater and very sharp teeth. They mostly eat fish, but will also eat caimans, snakes and turtles, making them one of the top predators in their habitat.
- Giant otters live in small family groups of 3-10 animals. They do everything together and help each other to hunt food.
- They build large dens in riverbanks and give birth to 1-5 babies at a time. The babies are born blind and don’t start swimming until they are about 12 weeks old. They stay with the family for 2-3 years and then leave to find their own territory.
- Giant otters are found in a few countries in South America, including Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Venezuela, Guyana and French Guiana. They are considered endangered due to poaching and loss of habitat. Thankfully there is a lot being done to save these amazing animals from extinction.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about giant otters?