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South American River Otters

Ed the Otter

These otters look very similar to the North American River Otter, but live in South America, where they were formerly widespread  Due to habitat destruction, they are now restricted to seven small, isolated populations in Chile and Argentina. Not much is known about them, except that they mainly eat fish and freshwater crabs. Their local name is Huillin.  These otters are Endangered, with fewer than 1000 animals left in the world.

South American River Otter

Photo Courtesy of José Luis Barthold