Otter Bite Crocodile’s Tail for Fear

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The animal attacking a crocodile and then chasing it. The scaredy-croc was seen hiding his tail for fear of being bitten again by the otter.

Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae. Otters have long, short limbs. Their most striking anatomical features are the powerful webbed feet used to swim, abilities holding breath underwater. Most have sharp claws on their feet. The giant otter are the largest. They have very soft underfur.

The images were captured in the Jim Corbett National Park in India. It is not clear what prompted the bizarre show of bravery by the otter, but there is no sign it was protecting its young.

It stormed over to the crocodile, nibbling its tail and chasing it in a circle as prey turned hunter.
The otter then leaped triumphantly into the water after the crocodile – which usually feasts on wild boar and deer – made a failed attempt to eat it.

Raminder Singh, a superintendent from New Delhi who saw the incredible exchange, said: ‘I was expecting to see a tiger or something as we heard some distressed deer.

‘But as we looked down at the river we just saw this crocodile lazing around and basking in the setting sun.
To our amazement, an otter started to move towards it. We were anxious in case he didn’t know the crocodile was there, but it certainly knew what it was doing.

‘It went straight for the croc and nibbled its tail teasingly. The crocodile was quick to react and tried to gobble up the otter, but the otter was one step ahead of him.

‘It then went into the river somewhat triumphantly. It was an amazing experience to watch.’




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