Friday, 17 January 2014

Otters at Sainsbury's !

Having heard that there were Otters being seen in the centre of Market Harborough, I just had to go.
I'd only ever seen one in the wild once before and that was quite a distance the middle of Island Mere at Minsmere.

I had heard that 2 sibling Otters had taken up residence on the River Welland that flows through the centre of town and were being seen regularly by passing shoppers.
 When I arrived a small group of people were standing on the opposite side of the river to a hollow tree which was apparently the duos resting up place.
 I had hardly been there a couple of minutes when one of the young Otters was suddenly walking down a sloping branch into the water just ten yards away. Amazing !!

 Showing absolutely no fear of it's band of admirers this fantastic creature worked it's way down stream until it was out of view.

 At this point most people thinking the show was over and drifted off but I stayed around talking to one of the locals.
 It was then that the second Otter appeared out of the Holt.  This one decided to hang around though and attracted quite a crowd - photographers and people laden down with bags of shopping, as at one point it was in the river right outside Sainsbury's front door.

 I have to say this one of the most amazing wildlife experiences and if you've never seen a wild Otter get yourself over to Market Harborough.

1 comment:

  1. Lucky you, Robert. Lovely creatures and great photos.