Otterday! And Open Thread.

Julie Zickefoose was thrilled to spot giant Amazon otters in the wild in Guyana. These otters only survive in numbers – and not large numbers, at around 5000 individuals – in Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname, in a fragile rainforest environment. They’re also at risk because of hunting for their fur.

Here are their otterprints. You’ll have to click through for the rest.


More pictures of these otters are here.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

Categories: arts & entertainment, environment, fun & hobbies, Life

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5 replies

  1. Love those pawprints.
    Found an interesting online shop for Chronic Illness stuff today – – it struck me that some of the slogans might appeal to Hoydenizens – especially this one:

    ”My disabling chronic condition is more real than your imaginary medical expertise”

  2. Hey, I’m actually reading a book this week. I mean, one that isn’t related to school. *hugs book*
    I just finished Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, which I picked up because of RaceFail09. Basically, Pon had been told by publishers that there was no market for a YA book with a Chinese-based fantasy world.
    Basically, Ai Ling is an only daughter, and she fears she’ll never be married. When her father is called away to the palace, he gives her a talisman and admonishes her to not get married while he’s gone. Although his trip was planned for only two months, he’s still away six months later, when one of the rich men in their town claims Ai Ling’s family owes him a debt and he’ll accept Ai Ling as his bride in payment. Horrified, Ai Ling decides to find her father at the Palace and bring him back. Along the way, she is attacked by demons. Will the strange power she’s been sensing help her to safely make it to the palace and save her father?
    I liked it. The world-building was great, especially all the food details (I am a foodie). It had a lot of the problems that I find in all fantasy books – like most questing heroes, it takes Ai Ling until half way through to start doing anything instead of things happening around her that she reacts to, and the magic system is vague. But I liked Ai Ling a lot. I was disappointed when the book ended, not because of the ending, but because it was over. It looks like a good set-up for a sequel, though! *crosses fingers*

  3. I suppose it’s a bit late to post this on the criminal kitties cheezburger thread…

  4. Anna, that sounds fabulous. Straight to my reading list.
    I have largely been occupied with DUFC. It was so nice to get an inside view on all the happenings of our bright and dedicated section of the blogosphere. Tonight I am curled up checking email and watching TV. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
    Chally’s last blog post..The Twelfth Down Under Feminists Carnival

  5. I’ve been enjoying autumn, tucked up indoors with Partner and Dog. I do love this time of year.

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