This is simply delightful.
The Save Our Bride Otters Twitter page has shared a class video of a mammy Eurasian otter teaching her cub to swim in the middle of Cork.
The group, which is behind the campaign to protect the River Bride, Blackpool in Cork City “from the devastating impacts of a proposed heavily engineered OPW flood scheme,” shared the video yesterday. The video was taken by Chris Moody, who also runs the Twitter page.
Eurasian otter mammies do all the work. Raising the cubs and teaching them to swim and catch prey. From the looks of it, lessons have only just begun. @SleemanPaddy correctly predicted from looking at an earlier video (of the mother) that cubs were on the way. Fantastic! #cork pic.twitter.com/v1yIM5yCxz
— Save Our Bride Otters (@savebrideotters) December 14, 2021
Explaining that otters can have cubs at any time of year, something rare in the animal kingdom, Moody explained that “otters are hardy little feckers.”
The group is seeking to save the otters that live in the river. They contend that “the works are unnecessarily expensive, and a better solution to prevent flooding in the Blackpool area could be achieved at a fraction of the cost by slowing down the flow in the river using nature-based temporary storage upstream and this would save the current wildlife oasis in the River Bride.”