At last the fish have arrived. Should I eat it this way?
I'm eating mine down here in the cooling stream.
These are Asian Short Clawed Otters (the smallest otter in the world) and the photo above shows its small claws with incomplete webbing between the digits. This enhances their manual dexterity, useful when feeding on molluscs and crabs. These adorable creatures also have a crowd pleasing trick of juggling stones on their hands, it is a very social species which likes to play. Unfortunately I did not capture one of them doing their party trick as the stone was dropped immediately the fish arrived.
and they got to grips with their silver slipperiness.
This little family were more local and relocated to Cotebrook from Chester Zoo who are running a breeding program to increase their numbers and create new breeding lines.
I hope this helps their numbers increase. Our own indigenous European Otters had a catastrophic decline in the 1950s and 60s due to pollution, habitat destruction and drainage of wetlands and almost completely disappeared from England (a Scottish population remained). With positive action, the banning of organo-chloride pesticides and the improvement of river quality, over the years our otters have returned, so maybe there is hope for the Asian Short Clawed Otter.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at O here