When otters attack

You ‘otter’ know what’s going on in the Bowering Park duck pond.

About a month ago a black otter set up camp in the area terrorizing the local residents, the ducks. He even killed and ate a few.

Keith Fillier, a frequent park visitor, had a front row seat for the duck-eating show and says the experience was unreal.

“He just grabbed the bird, swam away and instinctively snapped its neck,” he says. “I’ve been going to the park for several years, and I’d never seen anything like it.”

Fillier noted that every bird was at least 20 feet from the edge of the pond.

“The other birds were very conscious of this animal; once the alarm sounded they were gone. There wasn’t a duck in the water.”

Fillier suspects that the raised water levels from the weekend of heavy rain might have been the reason the animal ended up there.

“The pond was really swollen. The animal could have just wandered down from the gullies close to Mount Pearl,” says Fillier.

After feasting on a couple of our fine, feathered friends the otter was safely relocated by a team from Wildlife Conservation, putting an end to the feeding frenzy. Now it’s business as usual for park residents and park go-ers.

As natural as it is for an otter to eat a duck, Fillier says it was time for it to go.

”I like going to the park and seeing the ducks and the swans. A lot of people of people do. We love the ducks.”

But maybe this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the otter…

User “Bowring Park Otter” on the popular local community website Blue Kaffee responded to claims he had disappeared with “I AINT GONE NOWHERE MOTHER******RS!!!”

Time will tell.

—Maria Mulcahy
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  1. Brennan · February 26, 2012

    hi i enjoyed the read

  2. sean · February 26, 2012

    Nice touch with the ending. :)