28 April 2007

Wild Kingdom: Sanda

Today as I was biking back home from the gym, I saw the darndest thing: an otter.

I was biking across one of the bridges on the Muko River when I saw something scurry across the road. Unfortunately it ran into some bushes before I could get a good luck at it, but I'm almost willing to swear it was an otter. It was definitely a small furry mammal with short little stumpy legs and a long tail.

It was too small to be a tanuki and too low to the ground to be a cat, so I think it really was an otter, except; I just looked up Japanese otters on Wikipedia and apparently they're thougt to be extinct, with the last verified sighting having been in Kochi in 1979! I don't know what to make of it! It really wasn't the right shape to be anything but an otter, although Erica suggested it might have been a giant salamander... Let me know what you think!

Goog Niter!

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