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Unexpected Otters! [May. 11th, 2009|06:48 pm]
Nicodemus
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Summary: OMG! OTTERS!

I was walking down the hill from the bus stop and saw a brown shape lumping its way across it. I blinked. Probably a... raccoon? I was facing the sun so, y'know, must've been something like that.

It went down the path through the woods that I take home. It runs across the neighbor's property then ours. As I came round a stand of trees on the corner, I saw a large otter in the middle of the path. Not only that, she (I assume) had two little pups with her!

I really never expected to encounter an otter directly on my commute so I stopped and just sort of blinked for a while, convincing myself that I wasn't hallucinating. She looked at me and I could see the distinctive broad muzzle, gray nose, and sharp little eyes. She grabbed one of the pups in her mouth and lumped off with that unmistakable ottery gait, disappearing down the hill and through the bushes toward the neighbor's yard.

The other pup just lay there amid the leaves. I was worried maybe it was injured so I stepped closer. I think it was just young enough that it wasn't moving much on its own so it played dead. I could see it breathing comfortably, though, little eyes closed and nose and whiskers down against the earth.

I passed by and continued down the path. I kept watching behind me and after about a minute the mother reappeared to claim him. She gave me a quick glance then wasted no time in carrying her other pup down the hill. Through the trees, I watched the otters making a diagonal cut across the property in a line that led past the lower corner of our lot and toward our downhill neighbor. He's got a natural spring on his property that's the source for a stream running down to the inlet.

So I guess I can add otters to the list of wildlife visiting our woods! Quite the fun surprise for a Monday evening commute. :D
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2009-05-12 03:20 am (UTC)
Woohoo! That's an awesome wildlife encounter! Great for you!
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[User Picture]From: regalpewter
2009-05-12 06:01 am (UTC)
WEEZOS! Sorry, reflexive response of a rennie to otters. They became the mascots/namesakes of posters to alt.fairs.renaissance back in the usenet days. They are amazing animals, and known to be fastidious. That means if momma otter likes the neighborhood for her kids, yours will do well in it, or so I've been told.
But man, that tale was just amazing.
YIS,
WRI
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2009-05-12 06:14 am (UTC)
Oooh! Lucky you.

I see them in the Sound once in while but I haven't seen pups.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:32 am (UTC)
I've actually seen otters in the sound a couple of times from the ferry, a different leg of my commute.
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2009-05-12 06:47 am (UTC)
It sounds like you live in paradise!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:34 am (UTC)
I'm certainly very happy we've moved here. It's really the environment I've always wanted to live in. :D
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2009-05-12 07:06 am (UTC)
Very cool! I've only seen them swimming around Seward Park/Lake Washington. To see them on dry land! Wow!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:43 am (UTC)
Yes. I know they can travel overland but we're a ways up from the sound so it was quite surprising. All I can guess is that the mother found a den she particularly liked that was further from water than usual?
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2009-05-12 08:43 am (UTC)
Oh, how exciting!
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2009-05-12 09:56 am (UTC)
Wow! That'd easily be worth capturing on video, if they're so inclined.

Still, I'm happy to have bunnies around. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:48 am (UTC)
They disappeared through the undergrowth in the woods. The spring on our neighbors property is in a natural ravine that's full of reeds. (I assume that's where they went.) Trying to get in there would probably really disturb them.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:51 am (UTC)
And you do post some marvelous bunny photos, I just want to add. :)
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[User Picture]From: otters
2009-05-12 10:16 am (UTC)
Nice!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:49 am (UTC)
Wow, what an appropriate commenter name! Thanks. :)
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2009-05-12 01:21 pm (UTC)
cool!
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[User Picture]From: mortonfox
2009-05-12 02:25 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:51 am (UTC)
Thankee. :D
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[User Picture]From: terraluna_bat
2009-05-12 02:57 pm (UTC)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

Hope you have a happy birthday. Been missing you guys. Seeing some if the pics of your kid growing is just amazing.

You have a GREAT day. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:52 am (UTC)

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

Thankee, sir. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:52 am (UTC)

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

Thanks. We should definitely chat sometime. Seems I hardly got a chance to talk with you at FC. (As much as you can really talk to someone at FC.)
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[User Picture]From: penh
2009-05-12 06:48 pm (UTC)
OMG Otters!! Awesome! Everyone needs to have otters running around their neighborhood. It would improve everything. Also, happy birthday!!!!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:53 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D

Otters just naturally make things better! Wacky mustelids.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-13 05:54 am (UTC)
Thankee, sir. :D
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