Whisker Wednesday

It’s basically BABY OTTER SEASON!!!

Three baby river otters were born at the zoo in Billings, MT. Here’s a video of them!

The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is now home to four baby Asian Small Clawed otters! My favorite โค

Lastly, Cartel the otter has been making rounds on FB, Instagram and the like. This is an interesting case for a number of reasons. Apparently, a couple in Bangkok bought a “rescued” ASCO. In America, if the otter were a rescue, it would not have been sold. Rescued otters in the states are taken to animal sanctuaries, assessed for rehoming, and taken in by wildlife organizations when deemed unreleasable. I know that’s also the case in other countries, so I don’t understand why it isn’t in Asia. As well,ย it’s illegal to trade otters in Asia, both for fur and as pets.

So, through IG, we have the unique viewing of watching this baby otter grow up, as a pet. That raises a lot of ethical questions. At any rate, if you’re interested in watching this unfold, you can do so here, Cartel.

As a side note, here is what Cartel’s owner’s have to say –

A quick explanation of why we raised Cartel.
We have been researched about otters for few years now, that’s what we love. We throughly understand that it is a full time job, appropriate care for otters requires considerable expertise, specialized facilities, and lifelong dedication.
Cartel will get all the needs in the wild eg. Fields to run, fresh food to eat and water to swim. We will raise him with all of our heart.
Ps. He’s probably one of the most happiest otter in the world as you can see on almost every videos. He loves being around and playing with people especially those with warm cuddles/kisses. follow him, he will make your days a better day. ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’“ One last thing, I just want to make it clear for everybody who were curious about how we got him.
We got Cartel from a person who told us he was rescued, it could have been true, we hope, The founder posted him on facebook for sale. Yes we bought him, but buying him doesn’t mean we support exotic trade, we had to exchange that with the money, because the person won’t give it away for free.
Who knows what his faith is going to be if he was bought by the wrong people. Maybe we are not the most suitable person to look after him but we are trying hard to make sure he get to live a quality life. It could be a life saving after we found that post. We feel it is great opportunity to look after this beautiful creature after been researching for years. Cartel is part of our family now.
Cats and dogs were wild once….
Cartel is living a pet life and he seems to be very happy about it.
Our relationship is stronger than what you might think, he’s very domestic and well behaved, not just that, he also put a smile on millions of people’s face from all over the world.

And from myself, I’m sorry for such a large amount of time away. I caught three colds back to back, had company from out of state, and got really busy at work. Mostly it was the three colds that did me in! Oh! And it’s spring now too, so, happy spring!

3 thoughts on “Whisker Wednesday

  1. Hi!
    Thank you for your post ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved the first two news pieces! However, I am disappointed with the news of Cartel. I understand the emotional pull and the heart-taken decision, but paying for an animal will ALWAYS support wildlife trade. Always. That it the base of wildlife trade and no one should EVER pay for an animal that has been poached from the wild ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I will not be following Cartel’s story on Instagram and would rather not see it publicised, but that’s my personal opinion!
    An ottery hug, and thank you again!


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