Japanese River Otter
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The Japanese River Otter is a type of extinct otter Friend that first appeared in the original Kemono Friends game.
Japanese River Otter bears a striking resemblance to Asian Small-Clawed Otter- she has short cream-brown hair that lightens to white on the bangs. Her ears are small and slightly pointed, and she has dark brown eyes which lack an eyeshine, as is typical for extinct friends. Also like the other otter friends, she wears a one piece swimsuit with a frilled waist, white on the chest and belly but mostly the same cream-brown as her hair. She has fingerless opera-length gloves that come up past her elbow. Her tail closely resembles the actual tail of an otter. Finally, she wears long thigh-high socks which are the same color as her hair and gloves.
In Real Life
An adult Japanese otter was between 65 and 80 cm long, with a tail measuring 45 to 50 cm. It had a thick, lush coat of dark brown fur with short webbed feet. In addition the river otter has two types/sets of fur.
Data has shown that the river otter would shed their under fur fully from May to August. After the shedding of the under fur, the otter shed their guard hair from August to November. This allowed them to adjust to the seasons changing.
The Japanese River Otter was only found in Japan, mainly in wetland and river areas.
The Japanese otter is nocturnal, only left its den after dark to forage for food. Claiming a territory about ten miles in diameter, it marked the area with its droppings about one to three miles apart and sets up three or four nests under rocks or inside bushes. The otters were always on the move, visiting each den only once every three to four days. They were considered an adult after only one year. They would then venture on their own, but continue in solitude unless ready to mate.
The Japanese river otter primarily feeds on fish, crab, and shrimp; it also ate eels, beetles, watermelons, and sweet potatoes. Many otters spend around six hours to find food because of their difficult living space and their competition for food.
The Japanese river otter had a lifespan of up to 25 years.
- The Japanese river otter was used as medicine to help cure tuberculosis. Typically a dosage that would last about forty days would cost roughly 300 USD.
- These animals were able to stay underwater for over two minutes at a time.
- An important part of Japanese culture, the Japanese River Otter was named the official animal symbol of Japan's Ehime Prefecture; a region of Japan located in northwestern Shikoku.