Welcome to some interesting facts about one of my favourite animals.
Otters are incredibly awesome and adorable especially when they are being watched exhibiting their intelligent and fascinating behaviors. In fact most of us get lost in their unique intelligence and characteristics that we forget there are other facts about this charming mammal. I mean fascinating facts which are not known by many that we need to familiarize ourselves with.
Yes, Sea Otters hold hands so they don’t drift apart from each other. Usually, a mother and pup will cling to each other while sleeping to avoid drifting apart from one another. However when sea Otters are not holding hands while sleeping, they are using kelp instead, by wrapping themselves in long strands of kelp. They prefer to use long stands of Kelp which grow from the sea floor all the way up to the surface of the water as a mainstay to sleep without fear of drifting out to the open ocean.
Baby Otters can be as long as their mothers at birth making it difficult to differentiate the pups from the mothers. Many people who are not aware that the males and females stay separated often assume this is a couple rather than a mother and a pup.
Remember we said sea Otters take time grooming themselves? Mother sea Otters have double jobs of grooming to carry out. This is because she has to groom both herself and her fluffy baby. Baby Otters can’t groom themselves, and when their furs are not properly groomed, it can become tangled with pollutants, and this of course won’t let their skin warm and dry. So their mothers groom their own furs as well their babies’ furs which is no easy task.
Baby otters are incredibly adorable with cute names. They are called pups but can also be called kits or kittens. Whatever name you choose to call them, just know they are generally called charming!
It takes Pregnant Otters 60 to 86 days to have their babies. The newborn pup is often cared for by the mother, father and older offspring. Female Otters become sexually mature at about 2 years old while the males are at 3 years old. After one month of birth, the newborn pup can leave the holt and after two months, it is able to swim. The pup lives with its family for about one year. Otters live up to 10 or more years.
Clancy's comment: Cute and smart, eh?