Otters and Trees
Would anyone be able to tell me whether the North
American river otter (or any other otter for that matter) is capable of
climbing trees, and if so, whether they are particularly skillful at
it? I'd imagine they could scamper up a leaning trunk or something of
the like, But I was especially curious whether they have the capacity to
ascend (and descend) a vertical trunk by clinging with their claws.
A quick look through several standard references found no mention of otters
climbing trees, given their anatomy and habitats it seems quite unlikely.
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Update: June 2012