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565414 No.119   [Reply]

Otters seem to enjoy themselves the most with all that white stuff around. Post some snowy otters.

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>> No.3282  

>>3278 So cool, what an amazing pair of otters! It's lovely seeing them twirl around underwater.

>> No.3296  

>>3280
I'd bet some of it is that otters check stuff out by sniffing it, and so that's the first part of the otter that touches something with snow

>> No.3302  

>>3296 That's what I thought too. You stick your nose into everything,eventually something's gonna stick back.

>> No.3391  

Otters have to work a little harder for their food in the snow but they also get to enjoy themselves playing in it, so it's a fair trade right?

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>>3281



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392148 No.3292   [Reply]

I want to get your opinions on Japanese Asian Short Clawed Otter YouTubers such at Kotaro, Aty, Loutre etc.

Seeing these cute, carefully edited videos showing otters looking like perfect pets has me worried about the impact on the already endangered species. Whether they're in some Osaka café or at a scenic river, these videos are only encouraging more pet owners and poachers.

I don't care about how many thousands of people enjoy their videos, what matters is that wild otters are left alone.

P.S. I love the Captcha :)

>> No.3293  

It's true, this is a big issue unfortunately. These kinds of videos lead to the impression that it's as easy to keep a pet otter as a dog or cat. It's made a big business out of poaching. Organized criminals killing otter mums and stealing their pups to sell them off. And these youtubers know this and continue, they keep their many millions of followers in the dark about this and keep up the facade. These people have more publicity than anyone in the otter conservation space could dream to have, but they're just interested in supplying cute videos for the masses. I don't watch any of these pet otter channels anymore.

>> No.3297  

I wish that I could enjoy these videos. I'll admit it, they are certainly cute, but the fact that they're so cute isn't helping the otters, because it just encourages more poachers to go out and harm wild otters. I've stopped watching them, and I wish that there was some sort of way to raise awareness about how harmful these channels are to otters, but I don't know how we could get that message out to the people that need to hear it

>> No.3406  

It's unfortunate how popular these videos are. Too many people don't know.



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412112 No.3396   [Reply]

Conversation Chat UK are holding a webinar about the European Otter, focussing on the history of the speices in the UK as well as its ecology and behavior.
It'll be on Sunday Feb 26th at 8pm CET, so right before our Ottercine!
There'll be lots of otter lovers attending, including hopefully some familiar faces.
Grab your tickets here (they're cheap):
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-introduction-to-european-otter-tickets-493640781867

>> No.3397  

Just signed up, it sounds like a good time.



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47480 No.3285   [Reply]

Marine otters are the only otter species living fully in coastal environments, apart from sea otters.

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>> No.3288  
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These otters are relatively small. An adult marine otter can reach 6 kg, where a sea otter can weigh up to 45 kg.

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Another name for the marine otter is sea cat.

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A very special otter indeed.

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Wow, that's a bunch of cool facts! I always thought the marine otter was cool, but I didn't know all this stuff about it

>> No.3392  

>>3288 Wow, that's one small otter. Especially for a marine mammal. Doesn't make it any less otter of course.



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33610 No.2356   [Reply]

I love otters!

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>> No.2921  

>>2915 That's one scary otter, wouldn't wanna get in his way

>> No.2926  

>>2909
I like this otter, they look so proud of themselves. Thanks for sharing anon!

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>>2547
I get it

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Found this on my hard drive



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33378 No.1900   [Reply]

It's an otter's rear end.

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>> No.3131  

>>3126
This one has a much fatter tail

>> No.3134  

>>3131
Could just be the perspective.
What otters have the thickest tails?

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>>3134
I don't know about the thickest, but neotropical otters have the longest tails relative to size. It's why they're called lontra longicaudis.

>> No.3378  

>>1905
hahahaha



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285270 No.429   [Reply]

Let's put all otter physics debate into one thread

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>>466
Otters are perfectly shaped just as they are.

>> No.476  

>>466
I have to agree with >>467

>Otters are perfectly shaped just as they are.

In any dimension or realm, the Otter will be conformed to the Perfect Shape for that Sphere of Reality. In our 3D world, the 3D Otter represents the perfect fluidity of God-in-Motion as river-dwelling apex carnivore/Olympic cuddler.
Howeevr, if viewed in quantum space, the Otter will indeed be a very different shape: it will conform itself into the most perfect expression of God-in-Motion for that dimension.
Thus, the Otter is always perfectly adapted for maximum beuaty according to its local environment.

>> No.1710  

You get smartier just reading this thread

>> No.3360  
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>>439
Otters make more sounds than just their squeaks, I've found. Even just sniffing to find out information about their environment can create otter sounds

>> No.3362  

>>3360
Those are some very curious otts! I'm always surprised at how fast otters can be on land. I expect them to be fast in water, but I forget they can just be generally speedy.



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229252 No.3174   [Reply]

Why do otters kind of look like seals sometimes? Not fully so but still. By the way, do you guys think otters resemble any other animals, at least in like one otter pic from 2002 or something at least? Would be cool to know

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They can kinda look like big mice, I think.

>> No.3324  

>>3174

>Why do otters kind of look like seals sometimes?

More like seals look like otters!

But in all actuality, I think that it's because they're both marine animals, and thus are adapted to move best in those types of environments



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311348 No.2238   [Reply]

Otterbots have been used before to make close up recordings of sea otters. What other uses could otterbots have? Industry, research, espionage or military purposes perhaps? An amphibious four legged robot would seem like a very useful thing, and otters are of course the perfect template.

Here is a pretty cool example: http://edge.rit.edu/edge/P18229/public/Home

>The goal of this project is to design an amphibious robot which can mimic the movements of otters both in and out of water. The final product should be able to swim at the surface of water, walk on land, and transition between land and water. The expected result is a functional prototype with systems that can ultimately be used in other devices for military, investigation, and research purposes in the future.
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Just doesn't have quite the otter energy yet.

>> No.3307  

>>2239 It's doing a good job simulating a very tired otter.



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33999 No.3291   [Reply]

After a long and fulfilling life, Bishan Mum passed away peacefully last night. Otter watchers noticed her deteriorating condition in the past week, as she distanced herself from her family to spend her last days alone. Yesterday, she chose a holt as her resting place, which she never came back out. Bishan Mum will be remembered, as will Bishan Dad, who passed a few years ago. They were among the most famous and inspiring otters of our time.

(Source ottercity)

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Oh no, that's so sad! I'm gonna miss Bishan Mum, she was such an important part of bringing back otters in Singapore, what with all the babies that she had. Still, at least she went in a peaceful way. :(

>> No.3301  

>>3300
She did have a lot of babies, IIRC it was over 40. She really left a great legacy



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31747 No.2199   [Reply]

Rare photo of a sea otter from Detroit Zoo swimming on his stomach. Which is the correct otter way to swim? Should otters swim on their backs or their fronts?

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An inverted Otter is usually a sign that total relaxation is occurring

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>>2312

>> No.2355  

>>2312
It can also be a sign of scratches being had

>> No.2359  

>>2355
Which itself can also be an indicator of comfort and relaxation for otts

>> No.3252  

>>2312

>An inverted Otter is usually a sign that total relaxation is occurring

Certainly, after all, it's the only way they can put their feet up.



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84462 No.2904   [Reply]

It's time folks! IOSF are handing out their special awards for otter conservation.

The award categories are:

If you know somebody you think deserves an award nominate them here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpBO7orWl_7ncmaYtlPL8EFnd1bEYUvzy2qM-YQixiYD-LvA/viewform

And here's their website with more information and previous winners: https://otter.org/Public/News_OtterOscars.aspx

>> No.3061  

IOSF have put together a neat little quiz about otters here. Apparently there's a prize, too, but they won't say what it is (curious!). Regardless it's a neat way to test your knowledge.

https://s.pointerpro.com/wadotterquiz

>> No.3062  

Have they named any winners yet? I myself don't really have anyone to nominate...

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They've finally announced the winners:

>Photography/Artwork – Talia Rose, USA - Check out the great photo below!

<----

>Young Person - Lim Wei Hang and Haizan anak Kamarul Zaman Malaysian Nature Society, Malaysia - For their incredible knowledge, passion and help during IOSF/MNS Workshop in April.
>Group or Organisation - Chesapeake Bay Otter Alliance: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA - Monitoring of North American River Otter’s on Chesapeake Bay, USA.
>Community Achievement – Krunal Trivedi, Nature Club Surat, India - Otter-community conflict management, outreach and mitigation methods.
>Research – WildTrack - Frederick Kistner, Larissa Slaney (and co-contributors Asaf Ben David , Zoe Jewell and Sky Alibhair) - For the development of technology using otter footprints to monitor populations.
>Special Award - Dr Wolfgang Gettmann , Germany - Wolfgang has been creating awareness of the problems facing otters, particularly in Germany, for many years and continues to be a passionate advocate for their conservation.
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138920 No.97   [Reply]

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>> No.2496  

>>2495 Otter things

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>>819
Here's some schlippers.

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>>2514 Always good to see otter thirst being quenched

>> No.3235  

Cute otter!

>> No.3242  

>>2514 I love this vid



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313073 No.3132   [Reply]

otter i love otters hi live board

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welcome

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Hey, you guys are welcome to visit us any time. I like having visitors. Just don't post so many threads please



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80061 No.2696   [Reply]

Hey otters, the UKWOT is a wonderful charity caring for the otters in Britain, and it looks like they're in some financial trouble now. It would be great if we could help out a little by donating or adopting one of their three lovely otters. Personally I'm thinking of buying an adoption package but I haven't decided on an otter yet...
Anyways, these people do great things for otters so I hope they can get the money they need. https://ukwildottertrust.org/

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>> No.2981  

>>2974 €55 collected so far, not bad.

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Here's some news:
UKWOT are coming out with their own magazine publication, with the first issue being available for free.
https://ukwildottertrust.org/ukwot-supporters-club-magazine

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>>2974
Money has been received, and our very own supporter board is now in the making!

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They've got two new young otters at the sanctuary! Hansel and Gretel were taken in as orphaned cubs a couple of weeks ago. Aren't they the cutest pair of otts you ever did see?

>> No.3162  

>>3161
Aww, they're so cute! I'm sure they're gonna be getting the best care with the UKWOT



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37189 No.1534   [Reply]

WAITER, there's an otter in my soup!

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>> No.1762  

I glad soup otters' numbers have been recovering.

>> No.1763  

>>1762
As with other otter species, it's all about habitat. The more soup for them to live in, the more soup otters.
Make soup, not war!

>> No.1846  

This is getting me in the mood for some soup

>> No.1854  

>>1763 What kinds of soup do soup otters like?

>> No.3154  

Waiter there's 500000 hairs per square inch in my soup



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558182 No.3141   [Reply]

Do otters know?

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>>3141
Probably, otters are very wise after all, they know many things.

>> No.3152  

I'd say they are at least vaguely aware.



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116356 No.2244   [Reply]

Let's discuss ways how to spend our lives with otters
Which path should you choose if you want to help otters the most? Working at a zoo, or in research, or as a vet, or ... ? There are a lot of possibilities.

Does anyone here have experience working in these fields? It seems they all have upsides and upsides
Working at a zoo you get to be with otters all day (and other animals)
Working in research you get to uncover groundbreaking otter knowledge
Working as a vet you get to help sick and injured otters get better

What are other ways you can work for otters?

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>tfw don't live in a country with an otter population

If I did I would look into volunteering for a charity. I'm not a vet but shit if someone 200 miles away said they found an otter cub in their garden I could pick it up for the charity.

If I had bigger balls I'd make a career out of hunting down poachers in SEA

>> No.2760  

>>2759
That makes me think. Are there any remote Otter jobs, for those of us who don't live near otters?

>> No.2950  

>>2760
Charities sometimes have volunteer openings for work in the media space, where you could work remotely editing content and stuff.

>> No.3142  

>>2759
I don't even know how one can go the poacher hunting route
how do you even get hired

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>>3142
You'd have to become a ranger in one of the anti-poaching units in sub-saharan Africa. These guys are mainly focused on protecting rhinos and elephants from poachers in what's known as the Rhino War. You'll go through military-style training to fight poaching gangs and wildlife traffickers, well-funded organized criminals who have access to armored vehicles, helicopters and modern weapons, which they can pay for by smuggling ivory to Asia. You on the other hand will need to make do, you're much more restricted both by laws (can't wear camouflage in some African countries, not allowed to shoot first, etc) and your budget, which means you're getting an AK47 with two magazines. Then they send you to the African jungle where you'll patrol for several days, sleeping in a hammock and surviving off bugs on the floor.

You can join them as a volunteer, but you usually need to be at least a permanent resident of the country where they operate or else they can't give you a gun. Pic is from one of the better-known ones. I'm not aware of such units existing in the SEA region, though it would be great if we could intervene against otter poaching. Imagine if the poachers came to get the baby otters but got a bloody nose instead. Don't know what needs to happen for that to be possible, but I'm sure it is.



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92070 No.882   [Reply]

Did you know otters can climb trees?
What can't they do???

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Masters of Bush, River, Sea, Art AND trees? Are ottes OP?

>> No.2913  

>>2912
Sometimes it seems like otters are too powerful, but in truth, they can do what they can do because they've got to do what they've got to do.

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>>2912
They're also expert musicians!

>>2913
Otts've gotta ott

>> No.2920  

>>2912 That otter is making some nice abstract impressionist art.

>> No.3070  

>>2920
I bet otter art would be really valuable. They should put it up in art museums to show what true artistry is



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726170 No.1829   [Reply]

I think the giant otter is a really cool otter. It is the largest AND the loudest of all otters, and it's also the largest mustelid.

What do you think about Giant Otters?

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>> No.2185  

>>2149
This is like stuff straight from my nightmares.

>> No.2186  

>>2185
How could you have a nightmare about an otter? That is just utterly ridiculous

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>>2185
How could you hate this face?

(pic is from Longleat park)

>> No.3059  

>>1870
I’d love to watch some sort of movie where a bunch of different types of otters come together to help each other out

>> No.3060  

>>3059
Someone should write a new Redwall book about different otter tribes banding together.



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125290 No.3049   [Reply]

So during the otter congress last week there was a thread where people discussed their favorite thing about otters. What's your favorite thing about otters, Otterchat? Mine is just how skilled they are. They're so agile, amazing hunters, masters of stealth, great parents. Do the talents of an otter ever cease?

>> No.3050  

Excellent question, and not easy to answer. I think it's the elegance and sublimity of everything they do, combined with their relaxed, curious attitude. Otters are animals that are at peace with themselves and their surroundings while at the same time dying to learn more about everything.

>> No.3051  

As has been said, this is difficult to answer exactly. Of course otters are cute, which was an initial reason for my interest in them, but as I've grown to understand more about them, the importance that they have on their ecosystem has a beauty in and of itself. And the ease that they display within their ecosystem has such a natural beauty to it. And otter never tries harder than he has to, and always has time for play and fun

>> No.3054  

>>3049
I'm fond of how sleek they look

>> No.3056  

I love their adorable faces

>> No.3057  

I also just love the way they are formed



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5096291 No.2991   [Reply]

The time has come! Getting ready to get on the plane to Nice, I'll hopefully be there in about two hours. The weather's been a little rough today so we'll see how it goes.

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The hike

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A bat lives in this house

>> No.3037  

>>3031
I couldn't agree more. You come with a frown and leave with a smile. It feels like together we can actually get something done for otters.



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62212 No.2501   [Reply]

Registration is now open!
The Congress will be held in Sospel, Alpes-Maritimes, France, from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2022.
https://www.otterspecialistgroup.org/osg-newsite/register-now/

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>> No.2870  
The early bird payment deadline is this sunday, register and pay now to get the reduced fee!
Register here
Pay here
>> No.2956  

Two weeks...!

>> No.2960  

>>2956 Time goes fast

>> No.2980  

And now it's only one week

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Official program is out.



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78747 No.2850   [Reply]
>An otter invaded a couple's home in England and slept in their bed.

https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/20/couple-hear-rattle-in-home-and-discover-an-otter-sleeping-in-the-bed-17037533/

Are otters gonna be invading people's houses to sleep in our beds now? Has a new era begun?

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>> No.2880  

>>2875 looks like you already do

>> No.2923  
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Something's going on here guys, I think we better be careful
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/19/seal-breaks-into-new-zealand-home-traumatises-cat-and-hangs-out-on-couch

>> No.2924  

>>2923
I saw this and immediately thought of this thread! Good to see I wasn't alone.

>> No.2930  

Otties are always welcome guests in my house though I'm not sure if they'll be as nicely received everywhere

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>>2930
Hopefully that'll just serve to drive otters where they'd be truly appreciated



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Let's talk about the different shapes of otters' heads. Funny thing I noticed, otters (at least some species) tend to have some kind of ridge down the middle of their heads. Does anybody know why they have this?

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>> No.2516  

>>2512
I will confess, I don’t know this strictly about otter brains. Most of what I said was an extrapolation from knowledge about the structure of how brains work and what the different regions do. I was on track to become a neurosurgeon for some time, but I dropped out of med school before it actually happened, so I’m not overly qualified, but I have some basic understanding of the brain as an organ, and so I just applied that knowledge to an image of an otter brain that I found and information about otter senses that I found online. So, you know, don’t take my word as gospel or anything, it’s more my best guess as to why otter heads are the way that they are.

>> No.2518  

>>2516
Oh, that's still a nice theory though, and it does make sense. Maybe there's another explanation though.
You were studying to become a neurosurgeon? That's really cool, how's life been going since you dropped out? I hope you found your calling.

>> No.2519  

>>2518
I'm glad you think it's reasonable, it's the best explanation that I could come up with for why there'd be a ridge like that in that specific area. And technically, I wasn't studying to be a neurosurgeon, that's just the specialization that I was looking at before I dropped out of med school. But that's neither here nor there, I suppose. Life's been fine since then though, I'm looking at becoming a teacher of some sort, probably teaching English if I can do what I want.

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Other carnivores have the same thing going on, I noticed
Dogs have it too, bears have it, raccoons have it, cats maybe to a lesser extent.

>> No.2903  

>>2901
Now I'd really like to know what's going on. Maybe this is just how the frontal/parietal bone grows in carnivores?



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