"Otters are some of the cutest and most fun animals on Earth. It’s always a joy
to see them in the wild. That was doubly so for the conservationists at
Fundación Rewilding who recently spotted a wild giant river otter swimming in
the Bermejo River in Impenetrable National Park, located in the Chaco province
of northeast Argentina.
That’s because the otter species, officially known as Pteronura brasiliensis
was previously thought extinct in the area. It hadn’t been spotted anywhere in
the country since the 1980s, and was last seen on that particular river more
than 100 years ago.
Sebastián Di Martino, director of conservation at local group Tompkins
Conservation, spotted the otter while kayaking.
“We grabbed the cell phone and started filming it, when he poked his body out
of the water and showed the unmistakable white bib, we had no doubts, it was a
giant river otter. We could not believe it, the record is incredible and how
that specimen got here rises thousands of questions,” said Di Martino in an
The organization later posted the video on Twitter, so you can see the otter
bobbing up and down in the water—as I’ve done no less than 30 times this
Via Esther Schindler.
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics