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Tree-climbing otters.

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Neil chace, 27 Mar 2020.

  1. Neil chace

    Neil chace Well-Known Member

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    My local zoo, the Capron Park Zoo, has had north american river otters climb a tree on numerous occasions. I was wondering if anyone has seen this at any other facilities or in the wild. It is a behavior that hasn't really been documented outside of our facility, yet it has happened on enough occasions that I seriously question if it truly is the only place this has happened.
     
  2. iluvwhales

    iluvwhales Well-Known Member

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    This website I found about red panda mixed-species exhibits says that mixing red pandas with otters is challenging because they sometimes climb trees to harass the pandas.
    en/Mixed exhibit Procyonidae Ailuridae
     
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    In the Bristol Zoo otter enclosure a willow tree had to have a barrier on the trunk to keep them from climbing up (and out). I believe there are reports of wild otters in Britain using willow trees as denning sites, at least for resting if not raising young
     
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    They climb the tree in their exhibit at Buttonwood Park Zoo.
     
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  5. Neil chace

    Neil chace Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, I am 100% not surprised the Buttonwood otters climb their tree. On my last visit, I noticed the tree and thought that the otters at Capron would so definitely climb it. Not surprised the Buttonwood otters have figured it out.
     
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    I have seen Asian small-clawed otters climbing on logs and trunks used as structural, decorative and sheltering elements in their exhibits, as well as on rocks. So I am not at all surprised that they would attempt to climb a tree.
     
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    Many years ago in Zurich zoo a female Lutra lutra barang climbed a tree near the fence of the otter enclosure and escaped. She killed several waterfowl, including a breeding pair of steamer ducks. When she was recaptured and returned to her enclosure she immediately went to the same tree again.
     
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  8. Neil chace

    Neil chace Well-Known Member

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    Really, I am not at all surprised the number of zoos with tree climbing otters. What we have to wonder really is why.
    Could it be-
    Extra time in captivity (not having to hunt) has led to more curiosity among otters?
    A skill from the wild that just hasn't been largely recorded?
    An alternate location for a den?
    Something else?
     
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