Dr Daniel Allen's PET NATION: Otters



all right my name is Daniel Allen Wilkins pet nation I'm Daniel Allen I'm an animal geographer I study the cultural significance of animals to humans now I've been pet free for far too long so I've been going around the country looking for my perfect pet I'm totally obsessed of otters so much so that my first book is called otter I'm here today at the Cotswolds to see if otters are my perfect pet Danielle hello definitely this is a Daphne level it had Asian small-clawed otters since 1980 and this here is Belinda there is why have you kept Asian small-clawed otters we've had otters now since 1980 the inspiration of getting otters in the first place was that a friend of ours showed us a government survey which said that the British author was nearly extinct in the wild and said let's let's fight this with an otter so we bought our first otter who was a baby and she did a lot of work and she went to Parliament and she went to the Natural History Museum in the EM the government passed the Countryside Act in 1991 and things have been a lot better when you get them how do you bring them up well actually we have them in bed when we offered them their eyes are probably still shot they need to be fed every two hours with a bottle so we take them in bed with us my husband and I were very good we lie in a sort of circle will then they start to cheer up you just pick up the bottle and feed them is this wonderful high-pitched watery noise they make and that's because it's to keep the mothers and the Cubs together you see but they don't open their eyes to six weeks and then they see us and they're like our grandchildren you take it to events you take it to places how what impact you think that has on people seeing not for the very first time they're in the flesh it's a strange thing to say but actually there is a magic I think it's a sort of telepathy it is nothing like looking into the eyes of them of course yeah it also I think it's the power of the animal yes in that otters are rarely seen in this country the British Eurasian otter is really seen it is hidden away it's an invisible animal whereas the Asian otter you can take these places and for the first time you can see them they are alive they're not just in our minds and you can see them you can hear them they're singing you can smell them you can touch them sometimes but not advisable which I think that that brings them to life and make some importance it makes them a species which we want to look after in the future I'm obviously looking for my perfect pets and otters are my obsession but then my animal obsession and I never thought them as a pet before I would never never never in a million years recommend a lawsuit as a pet they are basically wild and they can get a fright very quickly and if they get a fright very quickly you might even with these ones lose a finger so you have to have a license you have to be so checked before we can have them on that noise I should say thank you very much Daphne thank you very much bill endo well the author is cute and lovely it's not a pet they need specialist care my quest continues to find my perfect pet you

29 thoughts on “Dr Daniel Allen's PET NATION: Otters

  1. If it's legal to have pet otters in the UK, what does it take to change citizenship? And he says special care is needed to have one? I would treat it like my ferret(s) and just spoil it until it unquestionably has the run of the house. That would happen anyway, same as dogs, but it can be accelerated and that would be my plan.

  2. Fast forward to 2019 and the otter population coupled with the gigantic cormorant population has absolutely devasted the silverfish population in this county. Roach the stunning fish that were famous up and down this countries waterways is now in some areas of the country nearly devoid of the species completely! Morons like this have absolutely no clue about the predation of these species or any idea it even exists. Bloody idiots.

  3. If you want an otter…get a ferret instead. I've been a ferret owner for over 30 years…they are cousins of otters, domesticated and there are many waiting to be adopted in a city near you. They can expensive (vet bills are not cheap) but they've given me nothing but joy (even if they are really smart little troublemakers)

  4. Im glad you finished on that note. they are so adorable but I hope it doesn't become a growing fad. otters deserve to live in the wild they ain't pets!

  5. "British otter is almost extinct, let's bring in a different species of otter so the british otter will be saved!"

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