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Are otters dangerous?

Those furry little animals must be up to something

Otters are undisputedly one of nature’s wonders. They have a particularly friendly appearance and are adorable. Their charismatic gestures are even capable of stimulating dopamine hormone in the human body.

Otters are carnivores, and a variety of marine species make up their diet. Otters are typically described as long, slim-bodied, short-limbed animals with strong webbed feet for swimming and seal-like abilities to hold their breath underwater. There are roughly 13 different species of otters, and some of them have a startlingly large daily appetite—between 15% and 25% of their body weight. They all share a particular fondness for fish, but are these little ones dangerous?

How dangerous are these cunts?

Although otters mainly eat fish, we have to remember they are still carnivores.

Straying from their pleasant gestures, otters can be somewhat dangerous. Because they are carnivores, these creatures have a stronger tendency to harm and kill any prey that gets in their path. Humans, however, are rarely attacked by otters, but it has happened. Otters are no doubt vicious. They have strong jaws that are able to deal significant damage to their preys. On top of that, these furrballs can run fast. They can run up to speeds of 24km/hr and slide even faster on wet grounds.

Wild otters are generally afraid of humans and will go into hiding in the event of an encounter. That said, do not panic if you happen to cross paths with one.

The threats otters face

Otters have long been hunted for their pelts. This practice dates back to 1700 and even further. They are valued for their softness and warmth and are an essential material used in making winter clothing—some of the hunting methods employed then included darts, arrows, and nets.

Unfortunately, even at our present day, otter's fur are still in high demand. They are endangered—the IUCN (International Union For Conservation of Nature) agrees. Some are also kept as exotic pets.

All we can do is continue to spread awareness about these animals and hope for a change in the future. After all, we're the ones who are invading their home.


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