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Giant River Otter Thought Extinct Found In Argentina

Thornical Press

June 7, 2021

ARGENTINA — May 16, a giant river otter was discovered inside El Impenetrable National Park for the first time in more than 30 years. Sebastian Di Martino, conservation director of the Rewilding Argentina Foundation, was kayaking in the Bermejo River when he stumbled across the otter.  Experts had thought the otter was extinct.

According to the RAF the last verifiable recordings of giant otter family groupings in Argentina are from the 1980s and only a few erroneous records of lone specimens have been discovered since then.

The pteronura brasiliensis or Giant River Otter is identifiable by white marks on its breast and can grow to be six feet tall weigh almost 5 and half stone.  They can only be found in select river systems in South America, such as the Amazon and its tributaries.


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