As if that damned yeti wasn’t bad enough, now this has turned up. It’s an otter, or at least a mustelid of some kind. It’s really obviously an otter. It’s otter shaped, otter sized (actually a bit small), lives in a freshwater lake in Ontario and looks exactly like an otter or other mustelid just with a bit of fur missing from the head.
Come on people. How hard is to open a wildlife book?
It was my Canadian office mate Corwin Sullivan who put this in my direction and he comment is near perfect “My respect for the traditional zoological knowledge of Canada’s native peoples has declined somewhat in the past few hours”. Quite.
Sadly though, as ever the media, in addition to publishing this are then happy to extend the nonsense. And here I quote “However, party poopers are guessing a bear cub, river otter or some run-of-the-mill creature, rendered uncute by decomposition.”
A) It’s not a guess. It’s a simple bit of knowledge coupled with cross-checking a few basic facts.
B) ‘Party poopers’. Yes how dare people point out reality when absurd fiction is more interesting.
C) Anyone with eyes who has ever seen a dead animal should be able to tell that it has obviously lost the fur from its head, it’s not controversial.
It’ll be a badger next.