Predators

Otter Eats Alligator!

03/06/2014

And you thought otters were cute and cuddly....  Well it's true they are cute, but trust me, having worked with otters for my TV appearances with animal ambassadors to promote wildlife conservation, I know from experience how fiesty and aggessive they can be.

A juvenile alligator in the Florida's Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge learned this the hard way when a river otter attacked it from behind, ultimately killing and eating it.

Otter alligator

Photo by Geoff Walsh of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Otters are pure carnivore, so this is no surprise if you know anything about them. Although they primarily feed on smaller prey such as fish, frogs and crayfish, they are pretty opportunisitc and will feed on muskrats, birds, eggs, snakes and yes, juvenile alligators.

Read more about the incident on Huffington Post, and head on over to to the Lake Woodruff NWR Facebook page, where the photo above came from, to see more images of this shocking natural event. 

Adopt a River Otter with the National Wildlife Federation. 


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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