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Baby Otter Cries for Mom

Baby otters sound like a loud chirping bird when they are calling each other, or maybe, sounding an alarm.

Mom wasn’t too concerned.  As long as she could hear her pup, she knew where it was.  But, she stopped to comfort the pup when she turned around.  Look how close that pup stayed with her afterwards…at least for a couple minutes until it lost focus again.  hahaha   Do otters have ADD?

Alsea River Otters Video

Just when I was complaining that I hadn’t seen any wildlife on the Alsea River lately…up swims an otter family twice in one day

We’ve also seen a beaver twice in the last couple days.  5 osprey were flying over today and a herd of elk with 3 calves met us on the road!

7 Otter Kits!

Don caught this otter family earlier this week.

otters emerge from alsea river
Toot-toot! Otter train!

I could tell from the close up photos of the river with just a swirl on the surface, and out of focus otters in the water, that Don had the same challenge I do in capturing these busy little balls of fur and teeth.   But he got a couple great shots of them on the Alsea River bank.  This reminds me of watching a large (human) family bailing out of a VW bus….they just keeping coming!

7 kits and 2 adult otters - alsea river
7 kits and 2 adult otters

I count 7 kits and 2 adults.  I don’t think the male usually travels with mom and the kits when they are this age?  Dad’s of all kinds can probably relate to this?

So I’m guessing the 2 adults are 2 moms travelling together.  The 3 kits on the right look a little larger than the 4 kits on the left.

These photos were taken near Blackberry Campground on the Alsea River.