Otters under attack from feral dogs, Chambal River, Rajasthan

Dr Anil Tripathi


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You would think that an semi-aquatic animal like the otter would be fairly safe from feral dogs, but evidently not, as this incident from the Chambal shows.

Near Rawatbhata, on the Chambal river in Rajasthan, an otter family was on their daily routine hunting trail. A pack of 5-6 feral dogs appeared and separated one young otter and surrounded her in a small isolated pool between the rocks. On her distress call other members of the otter pack came to her rescue. The dogs gave up but continued to follow the pack along the trail. I was informed by locals that such incidents are very common in this area.

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