Otter tracks in the snow

December 13th 2010

Otter tracks in the snow.

The snow maybe an inconvenience to us, but it is also a great time to get out and about and see animal tracks and signs.

These wonderful pictures were taken at Stoer by Tony Williams on 2nd December 2010, during ‘The Big Freeze in Assynt’. They clearly show an otter has been having a fabulous time sliding down an embankment towards the sea.

You can see the distinctive five toes on the footprints. We’ll never really know whether sliding along the snow on your belly is simply the easiest way to travel for an otter in deep snow or whether it was just having fun.

I tend to think (hope!) the latter.

A.Summers

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