Small clawed Asian Otter (aonyx cinerea)
Oriental small-clawed otters can be found in freshwater wetland systems such as swamps, meandering rivers, mangroves and tidal pools. They are found in irrigated rice fields and wander between patches of reeds and river debris where many crab species (Brachyura) are likely to be found. They dislike bare and open areas that do not offer any shelter. Thus, they prefer pond areas and rice fields over rivers with bare banks. When in the riverine systems they choose areas with low vegetation and their nesting burrows are dug into the muddy banks. This species spend most of its time on land unlike most other otters.
This specimen I managed to catch during a feeding session for him and two others at the WWT London Wetlands, Barnes. I was pleased to see that the shot shows his very distinctive short and stubby feet. This is a great advantage to him as he can use the hands/feet to great effect when hunting/feeding and swimming.
He is of course a captive animal.
Many thanks as ever to all those people who found time to comment or vote on my suspect attempts at m/cycling photography and particular thanks to Steve (sparrowhawk) Annette (annette38) who kindly gave their UA's.
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