I was brought three orphaned otters last year, and I have raised them with the intent to release them back into the wild. We are not sure we can, but we do take them out on forays into their natural environment to slowly get them used to their natural habitat.
Unfortunately, one died earlier in 2014. They are very hard to raise properly and costly. The two remaining otters consume 3 kilos of fish, 3 kilos of small crabs and 2 kilos of clams PER DAY!
Please do not encourage people to keep them as pets. They have a very specialized diet,mainly of small crabs, mud skippers, clams, shells, small lizards etc.
You can read more about the otters of Palawan on my blog about them at:
|Asian small clawed otters, are born deaf and blind like puppy dogs. After a month or so their ears open and they seem to be able to hear before they can see.|
|This is a recent trip with the otters to a local mangrove tide pool.|
|The otters are so graceful under water!|
Here is a must see video of the otters playing. It will surely make your day as it does mine, to watch them romp and play.