ASIAN SMALL CLAWED OTTERS DO NOT MAKE GOOD PETS
cute and charismatic as otters are, Nurtured by Nature wants you
to understand that otters, as well as most species of exotic animals,
make terrible pets and are best kept in zoos and/or the wild. A
short list of reasons why Asian Small Clawed Otters do NOT
make good pets is as follows:
Keeping otters and exotic animals is a full time job not to be taken
lightly. Asian Small Clawed Otters (ASCOs) are extremely intelligent
and social and should never be kept alone.
2. ASCOs have a very fast metabolism and urinate and defecate all
at the same time, something called sprainting, which they immediately
smear around to mark their territory.
3. They are emotional animals and need lots of stimulation in the
way of activities and exercise. A very important chore at Nurtured
by Nature is keeping their toys and enrichment fresh and new.
4. They have short tempers and most people, including zookeepers,
learn very quickly that you do no want to cross a romp, which is
what a group of ASCOs is called.
by Nature never withholds food to make an otter do something (like
tricks or to go to the pool). All swims are voluntary and initiated
by the otters. A hungry otter is an aggressive otter!
OUR ANIMAL AMBASSADORS
of Nurtured by Natures goals is to make known the plight of
otters in the wild. Of the 13 species of otter, only one, the North
American River Otter, is not in trouble. The Asian Small Clawed
Otter is considered vulnerable, which is one step below endangered,
and by some estimates fewer than 5,000 remain in the wild.
saying, Out of sight, out of mind definitely rings true
when it comes to the importance of animal ambassadors. We believe
that by endearing people to otters they will feel a compassion and
responsibility to help make the world a better place for them. We
also hope that people will remember that, as an indicator species,
if an otter population is healthy, then all other species and aspects
of its environment are healthy as well. If a picture is worth a
thousand words then an animal ambassador is worth a million!
of the power of endearing an animal to the human population can
be seen by simply looking at the differences between cultures regarding
the poaching of rhinos and elephants. In cultures where these animals
have been endeared to us from childhood, the slaughter and importation
of rhino and elephant parts is never tolerated.
DO OUR ANIMALS COME FROM?
Asian Small Clawed Otters that participate in our encounters are
born and raised at our facility from captive born parents that came
from two different zoos (2 from Europe and 2 from North America).
1. Some of our other animals are also born here as part of
a conservation breeding program.
2. Some of our animals are surplus from other zoos, which
means that they had more of one species than they needed.
3. Some of our animals are rescues (less than perfect animals
from breeders, animals from research facilities, or confiscated
animals from different State Departments).
of how the animals came to be here, we make great efforts to make
sure that they are all well cared for both physically and emotionally!
We are a USDA and California Fish and Wildlife permitted and inspected
facility and are in excellent standing with both of these governing
organizations. We work closely with two veterinarians and rely on
the 30 plus years of professional exotic animal experience of our
president as well as our 25 volunteers who come from the veterinary
as well as the zoological world.