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Bald Eagles can lift up to 4 pounds!
Like other members of the weasel family (Mustelidae), river otters have long streamlined bodies with short legs. They have very dense, usually brown fur, with a long tail and webbed feet for swimming. In the wild, these otters are solitary, except during mating season or when females are raising young.
Otters spend up to 60% of their time hunting and foraging. Other normal otter activities include playing, sliding, grooming, swimming, and digging. Otters usually hunt at night, especially during the summer. Like all their relatives, otters have scent glands near the base of the tail. They use these glands to mark their territory and communicate with other otters. They also use vocalizations to communicate.
There are 2 river otters here at PPZ, 1 male and 1 female. Mike is a ball of energy! He loves to swim and run around the exhibit. Jilly, the female, is younger and likes to play with her toys. Both also enjoy training, which teaches them behaviors that help the keepers take care of them. For example, they are trained to stand up on their hind legs on command, so their bellies and paws can be examined.