Otter in the pond and out for a swim. Their fur must very oily because it almost looked silver. The river otter belongs to the family Mustelidae, which includes weasels, skunks, and badgers.
They eat fish and the pond is very well aerated, maybe for housing fish or turtles.
I especially like the image of little sparrow above. The sun made such a brief appearance, yet looked so pretty reflecting in this pond. The sparrows used the pond side for bathing and drinking. They would fly in, and quickly leave.
Otters have special adaptations for living in water that give them the ability to dive to depths of 60 feet and remain underwater of up to three to four minutes. This pond is maybe ten feet deep.
Those whiskers you see are very sensitive to underwater vibrations. This is great for finding prey, like fish, turtles, crayfish, insects and water snakes. And I hope, not Sparrows.
Otters are very playful with each other, but only one was present in the exhibit.
See the red twig dogwood? Many plants are in their exhibit and in late Spring I can tell what they are. I am guessing there are a number of grasses that won’t be seen until fall. It looks like daylilies are in the exhibit too. I bet otters are not destructive to the plants.
Lots of Mossy Rocks, Clean Water and Fallen Logs are in their exhibit habitat.
The otter habitat at the zoo is a large enclosure with a nice size swimming pool. The otters are out all winter, but have indoor quarters as well.
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