river otter

noun

Definition of river otter 

: any of various Old and New World otters (especially genera Lutra and Lontra) especially : one (Lontra canadensis) of Alaska, Canada, and the conterminous U.S. found in aquatic environments from marine coastal regions to high mountains

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Indian River is the central channel in the route and, apart from race weekend, a great place to spot loons, osprey and river otters. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018 There are river otter toys, picture books, stuffed animals, socks, t-shirts and even artwork. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The river otter exhibit is going to be your kids' new favorite thing at the Milwaukee County Zoo," 18 May 2018 For a special treat, feeding time for the river otters is at 11:40 a.m. Admission includes bird of prey programs, keeper chats and Wild Bus Tours. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 This area will feature jaguars, monkeys, giant river otters, capybaras, birds and tapirs. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "$150 million campaign announced for Houston Zoo," 9 Apr. 2018 The department and those in favor of this rule proposal draw parallels to the opening of a limited river otter season in 2015. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Bobcats, raccoons and coyotes might be saved, now it's up to the Natural Resources Commission," 10 May 2018 The aquarium is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otter, fish, shark, pelicans and stingrays. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Pinellas County: Winter and Hope hold court," 6 May 2018 In the United States, there are sea otters and the North American river otter, or Canadian otters. Author: Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, "The otter seemed ‘cute’ – until it leaped on her kayak and lunged at her face," 9 Mar. 2018 In the United States, there are sea otters and the North American river otter, or Canadian otters. Lindsey Bever, chicagotribune.com, "The otter seemed 'cute' — until it leaped on her kayak and lunged at her face," 9 Mar. 2018

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