18 Aug '11, 3pm

Otters are back in England (Warning: hugging otters photo included):

Otters are back in England (Warning: hugging otters photo included):

Once nearly extinct in England, otters have now returned to every county, indicating that rivers are at their healthiest in decades. Conservationists had predicted that it would be another 10 years before the otters reached this level of repopulation, so it's a real triumph for the iittle dudes. Not to mention an overwhelming stroke of good fortune for Brits, who can now watch otters play from the comfort of their homes, the lucky bastards. Otters have reappeared in places where they have not been seen since the industrial revolution, including Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester, and even on the Thames and the Lea in north London. A recent survey on the river Ribble, in Lancashire, showed a 44% increase in otter numbers since 2008. I thought this story couldn't get cuter, and then they throw "the river Ribble" in there. Pesticides, human encroachment, and hunting (until 19...

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